Today is the day that my family terms my "Gotcha Day". It's the anniversary of my arrival in the United States and into their family.
For those who don't know me personally, I was adopted from South Korea when I was 4 months old to a family in St. Louis, Missouri. While my birthparents provided my DNA, my adoptive parents essentially made me, me.
So today, I thank my birthparents for giving birth to me and for my adoptive parents for raising me.
Usually this is celebrated with my family by them decorating my room various ways over the years and going to a Korean restaurant. We accomplished the traditional meal earlier this week because I was actually home with them. Being in a different time zone, no room decoration happened.
I wouldn't be here today without any of them. Or doing what I do.