I don’t know how to put into words what a fun, strange, wacky, emotional and unbelievable 48 hours these have been – especially for Ted, but for me also.
A few months ago, when all the research and DNA testing came together and Ted realized he really did have living blood relatives beside Julie, Jordan and Matthew, those relatives all existed in a hazy, almost other-worldly place “out there” somewhere. We knew Ted’s birth mother’s family on paper and then from phone visits, emails and texts, and finally from packages that began to arrive in the mail with photos and family records.
On Monday, that hazy other-worldly place turned into flesh and blood in the form of Linda and Mike – two very real, warm, laughing, chatting, and filled-with-stories first cousins (one by blood, one by marriage). We’ve talked into the nights, laughed, and shed a few tears. We’ve been amazed at similarities between Ted and Linda (and between Ted and other cousins – according to Linda). In photographs we’ve seen of some of the Lachmann men (cousins and uncles), it’s like looking at photos of Ted – the resemblance is striking.
Besides talking about family histories, we also tried to show Linda and Mike some of “our” Mackinac. They’d both been to the island before, but only on day trips. We quickly learned they’d spent most of their island time downtown, so we set out to acquaint them with a little broader look at Mackinac.
We have more of this newly found family coming on a daytrip on Saturday and two more cousins coming for a visit in September. Mike and Linda (and other family members) winter in Florida (on the west coast), so I’m sure there are going to be other family visits when we return home.
A very special and loving thank you, Linda and Mike, for your warm welcome of Ted and me into the Lachmann clan. We can’t wait to spend more time with you (and other family members) in the future. Love and hugs coming your way!