Family is Always First

All my sisters and me, we are family!

When I lived in Florida, I would write to my extended family on occasion.
Sometimes they would write me back, and we would correspond for a while.
Over time, our conversations would die out either when one party moved
and a address was lost, or when the topic of the first letter was exhausted.
I have to admit that I was not the best correspondent then. When
I went away to college, I learned how to write a bit more often, sending
letters to all the interesting people I met during my travels. I still
didn’t write my family all that much, though I did keep in touch through
the family grapevine.

The "lost" cousin
This adventure has really brought my family out of the woodwork, and amazed
me in the quality and quantity of correspondence I can have with them. I
received letters from relatives I had written in the past, but who had never
written me before. I also wrote to realities who I had never written
before too. I think that is ne of the great legacies of the Peace Corps
experience, that I did something so exciting, my relatives deemed it necessary
to write. I hope, now that I am not in the program any more, that living
in Russia will keep them interested.

Sean, the “lost” cousin, in Australia today.

This web site has also played a big role in getting my relatives connected.
The site was one of the reasons one of my uncles decided to get connected
to the internet, and I regained contact with a “lost” cousin in Australia
too. I am trying to convince another uncle to get a internet account,
and I am researching other members of my family for connections. I
try to send out a weekly email to all my friends and family, updating
them on my life and circulating news, which usually winds up here as some
sort of new page. I will try to spend a bit of time this winter writing
letters to all the people who do not have email and I hope to start a bit
of a postal equivalent of the email chain I have now.

I am happy, though a bit perplexed ,that I had to travel to the other side
of the world to bring my family closer together.