Thursday, August 2, 2007

Getting Good News for a Change

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.


Traveler said...

This has everything to do wioth the FlynnTribe. Thailand, Africa, family estrangement, talking to your mother...

If you could somehow find a heavy drinker in there then it would be a perfect match.

Tori said...

Heh, I'm sure I could point out a few in the family...

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