This morning, unlike most mornings, my daily 10-minute chat with my mom on my way to work brought good news .
First, my dad's brother--who hasn't been in contact with my dad since a few years before I was born--is finally stopping by Florida for a visit. He's ironically been in Thailand for the past 10 years, and now that the brothers are smoothing things over, I might actually get to meet one of my mysteriously absent uncles (there are two) when Mike and I visit his family. Not that we have actual plans, but I assume we'll get there eventually.
The other cool bit of news is the link above: a Duke University news article about a team of researchers and students who are taking a trip to Uganda on Aug. 9th to update all of the medical equipment at a neurosurgery hospital. My cousin--whom I've not seen or spoken to in 8 years--is one of the Scrub Techs going on the trip. Along with the link came contact info; so now I'm getting in touch with her, in hopes that she'll have a moment to respond before she leaves and in hopes of getting back in touch with her twin siblings as well.
Two family silences ending in one morning...It's such a wonderful feeling! I always hated that my uncles left my dad's life before I entered it, and I've never been able to understand quite why my cousins disliked me enough to avoid me for 8 years (my little sister's entire life, by the way...The last time they saw her, she was an infant being baptized). Now, all the drama might be over.
I know this has very little to do with The Flynn Tribe, but I felt the need to share. Besides, the trip to Uganda is awesome and it's nice to hear about people helping others.