Most people can take family for granted—after all, blood, so they say, is thicker than water. But for an adoptee, there’s a different quality to family relationships. Ties are different, but no less powerful. Bonds are created through time, effort and love. For me, there’s also my birth family to factor in. However, shared blood and DNA does not necessarily make for connection. This work explores the complexities of my feelings around family. It’s unfinished, damaged and imperfectly mended. It’s been left as a work in progress, as families are.