flightless hag

A chronicle of the adventures of birdwoman: a lonely, talentless freak who wanders the internet in search of entertainment.

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I'm a 40-something married white female, survivor of weight watchers, avid reader of pulp. Dogs (not cats), extreme right (handed, not politics), ENTJ, alto, wanna-be knitter.

June 24, 2013


So, this morning my mother was talking to me before I went off to school. Random subjects, this that, and then, tangential to the conversation, she said, "I would like to know what happened to my cousin John."

Well, his name was very common, but his sister's wasn't. So I looked up the sister and found her through her son's wedding announcement. I did a person search and got a phone number and address. Now, we all know that the white pages on the 'net aren't the most reliable. Especially when you're talking about older folk who go off to live in yonder places.

So, I got to work. Last day. NOTHING to do. I decided to attempt to call my mother's long-lost cousin.

Sure enough, the phone number was correct! I identified myself, and who my mother was. She answered, "Oh, I remember her, she was the same age as my brother."

And my heart fell. I caught the past tense. I could hear her voice choking up.

"Oh, is he no longer with us?"

"No, he just died yesterday. We're planning the funeral today."

Spooky, right? Almost like John was saying goodbye to Mom?

So, as I was sitting in the front of the school letting folks in ( I had nothing else to do!), I chatted with a few folks, and shared my spooky story, and what do you know? Both of them, independently, had equally spooky stories. Coincidence? Twilight zone? I don't know. But it sure was spooky.



Blogger junewilliams7 said...

Yikes. I do hope your mother is able to attend the funeral to re-connect with her cousin, hear some stories about cousin John. It is too late for her to see him in person, but not too late to see John's sister. Sigh...

June 25, 2013 3:25 AM  
Blogger birdwoman said...

I don't think she made it to the funeral. We pretty much lost contact with that branch of the family generations ago. I mean - her "cousin" is really something like her third cousin. But maybe my brother will take her down. I don't know!

July 10, 2013 8:47 AM  

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