Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Is this strange or not...
I decided that someone I knew a few dozen years (lifetimes) ago was dead. I know, odd thing to make an assumption about, but I had my reasons. So I decided I would start checking obituaries. I didn't find the person I originally set out to find through the obituaries, but I did find that my cousin had died about 3 years ago and I believe her mother, my aunt, is also deceased. It should make me sad about my aunt, but she was my mother's sister and actually I am sort of happy that they are together again. I find comfort in that. As for her daughter, my cousin, she had MS and lived 25 years longer than she was "supposed" to, so I don't find her death shocking or untimely either. Perhaps the most unsettling of any of it is that my brothers and I are truly the "older generation" now as our ancestors have now all gone before us.
As for the others I was looking for in my mental archives, I found some of those people through other methods, apparently alive and happy which is a good thing. The road was a bit circuitous, but I've always been good at chasing clues. The last question I have is about a child of one of these friends. One child seems to be absent from the present information and I have one of those gut feelings that he may have been a war casualty. So sad if true.
So I think I'll close the door to the archives for now having peeked into the lives of people I knew so long ago and carry on as usual. I wonder, am I the only one so fascinated with my own past and the eventual destinations of those I once knew and cared about? Or do others open their archives and examine their histories and wonder...?