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.