Ted’s trip to Albuquerque this past week to meet his 94-year-old Uncle Ken Lachmann (his birth mother’s brother) turned into two full days of story-telling, family history sharing, and a relationship – already established through hours of phone conversations – that was cemented by their face-to-face meeting.
Cousin Heidi (Ken’s daughter) picked Ted up at the airport Tuesday evening, and the next morning Ted and Uncle Ken met for the first time over breakfast at the assisted living complex where he has an apartment. The next two days were filled with stories from both men’s pasts and with a guided tour of the New Mexico city and surrounding area. Ted has found it very interesting to discover that so many of his birth family (grandmother, uncles, aunts and cousins) followed the road to education careers. “It must be in our blood”, he keeps saying.
Uncle Ken returned from World War II as an Army combat veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. When years battling the frigid winters of Michigan began to aggravate health conditions caused by combat injuries, his physician suggested a change of climate, and Uncle Ken moved his family to Albuquerque in 1966. He had an established career in education in Michigan, and was soon named principal to a school in Albuquerque.
Ted arrived home Friday afternoon, brimming with stories of his trip. We’re both so happy this journey has continued to be one of happy “at-long-last” meetings. Even though Ted’s birth mom is gone, her family has been welcoming in every way possible. We look forward to meeting more of this wonderful group in the near future!
Another Bree’s Blog reader and friend, Yvonne Pitsch, spent part of last week on Mackinac. I love that folks are going up during the winter!
It seems everyone is loving the Throw Back Tuesday and Thursday features, so they’ll be continuing. Wishing everyone a very happy Valentine’s Day on Tuesday! Love you all!