Family Guy?

Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
Trip End Dec 01, 2009

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Monday, June 29, 2009


I want to begin with the fact that my immediate family is small. It has always been my brother and I, and our mom and dad.  Just the four of us, acting as a small, tight-knit, support group.  The fact that we actually have a large extended family had eluded us for over thirty years.  The time had come to meet, some for the first time, some of this extended family.  Visiting NYC with my parents was already amazing, but after visiting new family, my time in the big apple was like no other.  Strangely enough, our family was not complete since my brother was not with us.  We missed him dearly and thought about Sky often. 

            After a few days in the city seeing shows, eating great food, and visiting landmarks that were in season, we took the last couple days of our trip to visit this extended family.  Our first meeting was with our dear cousins, the Nashel clan.  I finally, after almost six years, met all the new children of that family.  From a month to six years of age, they've been having kids averaging about one a year.  And I hadn’t met any of them!  What a great time.  Each kid, adorable and polite in his or her own way.  We shared a proper New York lunch, complete with bagels, cream cheese, and lox.  A push on the tree swing, some juggling, and personalized painted tattoos, I think I firmly established myself in their minds.  I’ve decided to never let six years go by without a good visit again.  I also got to meet my cousins’ husbands, whom I had never met either.  These are people who have known my brother and I since we were born and now we’re all a bit older and have kids; and time slowly moves us forward.  It was great to see them.

            The very next day, my parents and I, visited a whole new side of our family.  My mother’s father’s brothers’ daughters’ family.  Seriously.  It turns out, we have some religon in our family after all.  Zapora and Moisha are very Jewish, and between them have more kids then they can count.  I got to meet two of the three sons and their daughter.  All of who are around my age.  All of the sons are rabbis and they all have children of varying young ages.  What a wonderful time we had, discoving a whole new side to our family.  We had a cook out with hotdogs, hamburgers and wonderful stories of who we are and what made us who we are today.  I got to play music with some of the kids and it iurns out, Moshia rides a motorcycle and is adventurous as I.  And Zapora’s son Dov, lives in California., just outside of LA.  I’m going to try and visit them when I get out there.  I wished we could have stayed longer.

            There really isn’t anything like family.  Especially the kinds you have never met and come to find a wonderful new part of your life.  I’d like to give a special shout out to Facebook, for connecting people over time and space.  I also, want to end this entry with a thank you to my own parents.  Truly, the greatest people I have ever met and for whom I owe more then they could ever know, to my own happiness and success.  Thank you and I love you.
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