Thursday, December 01, 2005

For many years I thought my 'moms' father was dead. I thought that because we never saw him. I never asked about him. I knew my Grandma died when I was very little and just assumed that's what happened to my Grandpa too.

Just before meeting my Brother when my 'mom' came to visit she informed us that if we wanted we could go to Calgary to meet our Grandfather. I was shocked. He was always alive and I didn't even know. Of course I wanted to meet him.

We met him and his girlfriend. It was really cool meeting him. When he saw me he just kind of froze for a second. Then he told me that I look so much like my Grandmother when she was my age that it was like he was looking at her again.

It wasn't too much time after that first time meeting him though that we figured out why my 'mom' didn't have a lot to do with him. He is a cranky selfish man. He would get upset when we wouldn't stay with him in Calgary (we would stay with my brother). He called me up the day before I was having a graduation party and said he'd be in town for the weekend but would only have time to meet up the next day. I told him that I couldn't because I was having a party. It wasn't just that I was going to a party but I was hosting it and everyone already knew about it. There was no way I'd be able to meet up. He got angry and I didn't hear from him for a couple years after that.

I went to visit him when he was here another time. It was a very nice visit... he wasn't grouchy. My brother and I warned his wife that he's a grouchy old man and she laughed at us after we left because he was nothing like what we told her to expect. Since then I haven't heard from him but my brother and sister-in-law have kept in touch.

I told this story to lead up to the discovery of an Aunt that we didn't know about.


Blogger Shanshu said...

Wow...that's some crazy family reunion fun you've got going, over there. I think my emotions would be going wild at this point.

I hope it's not too stressful for you?

2:43 PM, December 01, 2005  
Blogger Joefish said...

I think you're a little lucky, believe it or not. I don't really know any of my family. I have one grandparent left (father's step-mom) and she won't return my calls.

3:53 PM, December 01, 2005  
Blogger MYSTIC said...

I was going to say something senseless like "I think you are my cousin" but then I got to thinking about my family..I've got relatives all over the place that I don't know but it isn't because of seperations or anything like that..the family is so large it is hard to keep up with them. I had cousins who went to school together and didn't know they were related until they both showed up at our Uncle's Funeral. Way to go!

2:11 AM, December 02, 2005  
Blogger Danikabur said...

Well these reunions actually happened many years ago. I'm just writing them out. :)

Well I'd agree that I was lucky if I actually still talked to them or spent time with them. It's strange. I have a pretty big family (aunts, uncles, cousins and even brothers and sisters) yet since not many of them live in the same area I don't see them often.

11:52 AM, December 02, 2005  
Blogger Chris Nystrom said...

Oh man. Leave us hanging with a reference to the lost Aunt...

3:52 AM, December 04, 2005  
Blogger Steph said...

These stories are so interesting to read, Dani. What a life you've led! I haven't had that much excitement, except for meeting a distant cousin (our great-grandmother's were sisters) in grade nine. Maybe I'll post that story sometime soon.

5:57 PM, December 04, 2005  
Blogger Danikabur said...

I think that my life could be made into a book. But then I'm sure a lot of people have had lives that could be made into books. LOL

I'm glad you guys enjoy my stories. :D

11:29 AM, December 05, 2005  

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