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Little gifts on the wind

 A crazy thing has happened recently.

For the past two or three years, a cousin and I have been corresponding ... mainly about genealogy.
For several months, she's been talking about her eminent trip to our fathers' childhood home, to get more information on our family's history.

I envisioned her being there all by herself ... maybe accompanied by her husband and son.
So I asked her if she would be up for having an assistant tag along.

Instantly she said, "Yes!"
However by this time, her adventure had exploded into a full-scale nuclear family reunion. Her parents are celebrating their wedding anniversary then. Her dad wanted to head back to his childhood home. My cousin, the youngest, has four siblings. All are married with children coming from three states. 

Now you must understand: I haven't seen any of these people since the summer of 1976. One exception: In March 1984, my uncle was at Syracuse University for the NCAA Track & Field Tournament. It was great to see him, and to see him amongst his peers (track and field coaches) and his young team of strong athletes. The weekend ended on a terribly sad note: My grandmother -- his and my dad's mother -- died that weekend.

But as always, I digress.

It seems extremely inappropriate for me to be barging into the middle of a nuclear-family reunion.
Yet my cousin insisted it would be all right. Everyone's fine with it. Plus, Mr. F was encouraging, knowing it would be a great time.
Besides, my cousin and I will spend some time with the dead.


So here we are: I'm on the road again. Heading back to Joplin and an exciting weekend of reconnecting with my long-lost family.

Scared.
Excited.

Happy Trails. :D

Comments

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mollywog
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Have fun!!
lost_tumbleweed
Jun. 11th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Thanks, Molly. :D
girl_next_dork
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
I once went with my mom to a Rand family reunion to try and schmooze an old lady out of some books. Rand was the name of my grandfather's mother, to give you an idea. Now THAT was pretty awkward. :D

Hope the trek serves you well! <3
lost_tumbleweed
Jun. 11th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
You're a Rand! Just outta college, I was engaged to a Rand. ;-)

The trek seems fine so far ... of course ... I'm still in the "getting to the event" mode. A three-day journey.
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