This is a portrait of most of my Mom’s extended family. (There are at least 50 members not pictured.) My mother is the eldest of 12 brothers and sisters. I’m the eldest of over 40 first cousins. Roll in husbands and wives and ex-wives, and children of cousins, and the numbers get big really quickly…and I’m related to all of them. What a family! Every two years we get together from all over the country to renew the wonderful bond we share. The laughing starts as soon as two Merkels even glimpse each other and doesn’t stop until the last one has left the premises…. ….And the last to leave is always me.