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Monday, 30 July 2018

Missing pieces

This past week was wonderful for my husband. He had the opportunity to meet a cousin he hasn’t seen for 55 years. Circumstances beyond the control of two boys all those years ago kept them apart. They found each other again because of this blog and his wife’s on-line search.


This past week the cousins reunited when the couple visited us on Prince Edward Island. We did some touring around the island to places not often frequented by tourists, areas which show the essence of island life. We ate Jigg’s dinner, a Newfoundland meal and seafood including lobster, mussels, crab and halibut. Of course we had picnics.


The men have an image of each other from photos in their childhood. 





My husband is six years older so he was taller than his young cousin all those years ago. Now his cousin towers over him.


We laughed a lot this past week, told stories and caught up on lives which took diverging paths all those years ago. 


What is it about family which draws you to each other? The desire to know where you come from, the stories which explain who your predecessors were, help explain you too. Family helps you answer questions about where your abilities come from, who you resemble or sound like. You discover where you belong!


Circumstances in your life may keep you from having a clear picture of where you fit in a family and in the world. But sometimes, because of the internet, you journey home.


34 comments:

Shammickite said...

How wonderful that the cousins found each other after so many years. I keep in touch with my cousins, in England, Australia, New Zealand, and we manage to get together every few years. But will the next generation sty in touch? Probably not, we are so scattered around the world..

DJan said...

How wonderful! I think the internet and the ways we connect these days have helped us to create new families, as well as find those long-lost loved ones who wandered away long ago. I love to hear stories of how our lives are enriched by our blogs. Thanks for this uplifting one, Marie. :-)

Linda deV said...

Some people lament about the internet but isn't it the greatest thing....bringing two old friends together? Sweet time.

Jenn said...

Stories like that are some of the best things to come from this internet age.

William Kendall said...

It's nice that you were able to get back together.

Elephant's Child said...

How absolutely wonderful. DJan's comment says it all for me.

bill burke said...

What a wonderful story Marie. So glad you all got reconnected.

Catarina said...

That is wonderful!!! I can only imagine!

I would love - for sure - the Jigg's dinner.

: )

Danielle L Zecher said...

That's wonderful that your husband and his family were able to find each other and reconnect. The internet can be such a good thing sometimes.

Debbie said...

WoW!! how wonderful for them...so many years lost but it's never too late!!!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh that's brilliant Marie. The internet has brought many long lost relatives together, possibly not all as successful as your husband and his cousin 😊

Stewart M said...

Nice. I hope to catch up with some family in the UK that I have not seen for at least 30 years in September - I am sure that there will be some story telling!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Retired Knitter said...

That same story is mine. Finding cousins after 40 years of separation. Its been 15 years or so since that happened and we have been regularly seeing each other even though they live PA and we live in MD. We make a point of getting together several times a year to keep the relationship going - because family is important.

Anvilcloud said...

I think you should have replicated that picture in some way. :)

Marie Smith said...

You are fortunate to be able to maintain relationships with cousins Shammi.

Marie Smith said...

This connection means a great deal to my husband and me Jan.

Marie Smith said...

The internet does have its benefits Linda.

Marie Smith said...

I so agree Jenn.

Marie Smith said...

It was wonderful William.

Marie Smith said...

It was a great few days EC.

Marie Smith said...

It was great Bill.

Marie Smith said...

We don’t have Jigg’s dinner too often now Catarina.

Marie Smith said...

It was a wonderful to reconnect Danielle.

Marie Smith said...

It was indeed Debbie.

Marie Smith said...

The internet does have its benefits Grace.

Marie Smith said...

I hope the reunion is as wonderful as it was for us Stewart.

Marie Smith said...

We plan to stay in touch too RK.

Marie Smith said...

Good idea AC.

Andrea said...

Oh golly....I used to love to sit and listen to my dad and his siblings tell stories around our kitchen table of their childhood! Now, I even wished I listened more, plus asked questions! Andrea

Heather said...

Ohh! That is so fantastic! What a wonderful reunion. And ohhhh!! You're on Prince Edward Island! What a dream!!

Marie Smith said...

If our younger selves only realized how precious the stories are before it’s too late.

Marie Smith said...

It was a great reunion Heather.

Down by the sea said...

How wonderful to meet up after so long! Sarah x

Marie Smith said...

It was wonderful for both families Sarah.