905 The thin branches of the family tree… 04-19-2020

I have
a second-cousin-once-removed.
We share
splotches of DNA.
I know
a few dots of his life:
He’s Navy-retired, father-of-three.
His Father was my Mothers cousin
who I called my “Uncle Mickey”.
When I was ten, in ’58,
my family was
going to hell in a hand-basket,
so I phoned Uncle Mickey
and he offered to take me
in…
etc.

Then, about a year ago,
my Uncle Mickey died.
I talked to James,
my second-cousin-once-removed
for just the forth time in our lives…
Yeah,
I know it was only on Face-Book Messenger!
So-what?
I told him what his Father
did for me
and meant to me…

Well, James and I
are not on the same page
or even in the same book…
Hell!!
We’re not even in the same library,
about many things!
(Face-Book posts tell a lot…)

But, now,
looking back during this
dark-pandemic-moment
at that
one-brief-shinning-conversation
it feels
like I was talking to my
once-was-lost
but now
is-found-again
younger-brother
and, well,
what the hell?
We live
in neighboring states:
The eastern-sea-coast of Virginia,
the south-east-sea-coast of North Carolina…
(And neither of us is getting
any younger…)

So, maybe,
after this Carona-plague-lock-down
opens up,
we’ll try to get together
for a beer and Calabash shrimp!

Yeah.
Why not?
Plagues do unexpected things to semi-strangers
living out here
on the tips of the wind-blown branches of a family tree….

About Ken Greenman

Married and Happy. Retired and busy. Living in NC. 71 and counting. December 12, 2020 and it's 72! ... I would love some written comments, critiques, adulation or kind suggestions.... If you have the time and or inclination, please feel free! Not in fear but by faith. We will see. See you later! If you ever want to talk for real, email me and I will send you my cell number.... I am enjoying this!
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