|My Grandparents - Mom's Parents :)|
When my parents first came to the States, they didn't speak a word of English but they did have some letters from some of their relatives in Poland who wrote back and forth with their family who had moved to the States. My Dad had some of those letters with him. After they moved from Texas to New Jersey (can you imagine people from North Poland in the sweltering heat of Texas? When they first arrived, they were wearing fur coats! My Mom had 2 on because she brought one for her friend who had moved earlier from Germany to Texas).
Anyway, my parents knew about these relatives of theirs who, they later realized, lived in New Jersey! So, they looked them up in the phone book (as you did then) and decided to take a drive on over there! They came armed with letters and photos and since they were still young and wild and craazay, they knocked on Uncle Eddie's door and said, "Hi! We're your family!" Well, to be honest it was more like, "Dzień dobry jesteśmy twoja rodzina!" because they spoke to them in Polish. Eddie was confused and didn't understand (his Polish isn't as good as Aunt Angela's), so he called her to come over and she translated and they looked through the pictures and letters until they ̶b̶e̶l̶i̶e̶v̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶m̶ realized my parents were legit! They weren't some beggars pretending to be family, they were actual family!
She's been in my life since I was a little girl and I love her. I'm so happy my Dad sent this to me and it reminds me to go send her a letter now!
Get in touch with someone you love this weekend who you haven't spoken to you in a while! You'll both feel better and so much happier to have reconnected. I think it's time for me to go call my Babcia :)