Friday, November 30, 2007

My Last Link Gone

I received an e-mail last night telling me that my only cousin, Bill, had just died. I feel bereft because Bill was my last living link to my childhood and my father’s family. Bill was my father’s brother’s son. We were both only children.

Bill and I were going to get together “soon.” You know how that goes. We re-united by phone and e-mail in 1999 after losing touch for many years. He was going to fly to California or I was going to travel to Georgia. But we never did. Darn it.

I put up a web page about Bill some time ago. Now, who can I share the stories with? The one about his mother Florence stuffing her sweater and smuggling yarn in from Canada, or the one where I had to be rescued just before I went over the falls alone in a rowboat at their lake in the Adirondacks?

I guess it stops here. It makes me so sad.

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Blogger Sheri said...

Hi Christine,
Sorry to hear about your cousin. You can still share those stories on a Flash Back Fri.'s:)
My DMIL passed early Wed. morning. She wanted NO service so that's what she got, nothing. It's very hard for me to understand being Catholic. But it was her choice. I'm going to write something about her on my blog but I'm just not ready yet.(((hugs)))

9:32 AM  
Blogger Paula, the quilter said...

Dear Christine, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I just reunited with a cousin (via telephone) recently and it was good to tell the old family stories. I feel for you.

1:22 PM  
Blogger froghair said...

Christine -- I too am very sorry to hear of your loss. It's wonderful that you have those memories and stories to remember Bill by.

2:17 PM  
Blogger sophie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Christine.

3:30 PM  
Blogger QuiltingFitzy said...

I'm sorry you feel sad Christine. But my darlin', memories last forever.

Keep your page about Bill and your family ALIVE. Revel in the fact that you can keep the memories alive and record MORE of them to enjoy.

Many, many hugs.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Christine Thresh said...

Thank you for your kind words.

I think was the shock and suddenness. We always planned to get together. It is an important lesson for everyone -- don't put off visits. You will regret it later.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

You are right. Why do we say we will do this or that, and never do? We need to love and spend time with those in our lives who hold that special place.
I'm sorry for your loss.

9:56 PM  
Blogger meggie said...

I so badly need to visit a childhood friend! We used to go to Sunday School together! We both live in another country, & so close now, I cant believe we have not had a meeting. We both keep saying, One day soon!
Sorry for your loss Christine.! Hugs, & XXX

1:15 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...


You were told over EMAIL? I guess I can't imagine, because there's no one in my family that the rest of us aren't in touch with (we're very close), but email seems so impersonal.

If there's anything you need, let me know.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Christine Thresh said...

It was very sudden. The e-mail was softly written and a good way to get the news out fast.

I was not in close touch with the family.

Thank you for your kind offer.

See my new post for this morning (December 1, 2007)

9:34 AM  
Blogger Dianne said...

I'm so sorry, Christine. It's been a long, sad year of losing people we love. I'm sending hugs...

8:47 PM  
Blogger Tanya Brown said...

This is a belated note, but I wanted to give you my condolences. I think that you have a good idea in terms of forming bonds with Bill's grandson. At some point he will surely treasure the stories of family you can share.

3:46 PM  
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