Through Rose Coloured Glasses
Suzanne Raga was a recent Princeton University graduate about to embark on life’s journey as an adult when she suddenly found herself in an emergency room in serious condition. The twenty-two year old was taken to the hospital because of a rapid heart rate, not realizing that how sick she was until the doctor admitted her to ICU. Raga was told that her thyroid was pumping out a huge amount of thyroid hormone, which could be fatal.
Last week-end, my family held it’s first ever family reunion. The descendants of my dad and his three sisters gathered. Over a hundred of us were there and it turned out to be quite an emotional week-end. There was a lot of joy at seeing cousins we had not seen for years and at reacquainting ourselves. It was amazing to meet their children, many of them adults themselves. It was bittersweet as it brought back memories to all of us of the original five siblings whose descendants were gathered this week-end. As we reconnected with cousins, aunts and uncles, there was a lot of happiness, tears and love. The generations have layered to six in some cases and we have never had the opportunity to meet as a family in this way. I think some of us were a little nervous at how things would turn out, and perhaps a little anxious, but everything turned out fine and it was a wonderful reunion. So good, in fact, that almost everyone said we have to do this again within the next few years.
My family (on my father’s side) is having a reunion this week-end. This is the first time the descendants of my paternal grandparents will get together in this way. Some of us meet at weddings and funerals, but this an occasion to get together and reacquaint ourselves. My grandparents had five children, four girls and one son (my dad). One daughter became a nun and so never had children, but the others all married and had families. All of these siblings are now gone and it is their children and their descendants who will be gathering. Because my Dad was almost 50 when I was born, I didn’t grow up with most of my cousins and some had already moved away by the time I was born. I know most of my first cousins, but now my grandparents’ descendants are several generations down and include many great-great-great grandchildren. It will be amazing to be together, to renew old acquaintances and in some cases, meet relatives for the first time.
Talking to a friend for ten minutes can give your brain a quick boost and make it easier for you to problem solve! Who would have thought that the “gift of the gab” could make you smarter? The University of Michigan did a study and that is exactly what they found!
I don't, as a rule, wonder about simple items we use every day. I don't usually wonder where things come from, how they are made or who made them. If I ever do momentarily ponder how something was invented, the curiosity soon passes and my thoughts head in a different direction. But if a story about someone who invented something we use every day pops up and that person can be an inspiration to others, then that story is worth telling.