Saturday, February 14, 2009

בס''ד

Shavua Tov!

Dedicated to the Cousins.


The computer is a wonderful invention. We can use it to better our lives, for information, entertainment or it can also be used for garbage. We all have free choice on how and why we use the computer.

This new entry on my blog is dedicated to my husband and his cousins. Using the computer, my husband and I have been able to find and reconnect with his entire family from his father’s side, who we hadn't seen in years.

My husband Avraham’s extended family, aunts, uncles and cousins were an average size family. The family was originally from Montreal. Over the years, for one reason or another, everyone went their own way and most lost touch with each other.

Unfortunately, all the aunts and uncles and my husband’s parents a”h have passed away.

Their children, our cousins are spread out all over... Florida, Toronto, Montreal, Iowa and us in Israel.

One day, several months ago, my husband and I were talking about the family and how it was too bad and sad that we lost touch. I suggested to Avraham that we try a search on Facebook.

We started with his oldest cousin Stan, typed in his name and two fellows with the same name, popped up. One had a picture the other didn’t.

After looking and looking at the picture, it had been forty years since we last saw him, I sent a note asking if his parents were so and so.

A few hours later, we received a note back. Yes! Those were my parents. Back and forth, he and Avraham wrote and sent pictures of children and grandchildren.

So much news to catch up on. As it turned out, our cousin and his wife were planning a trip to Israel in November. We arranged to meet and they came to visit us in Netivot. We took them to meet one of our daughters and some of our grandchildren. I can’t even start to describe what this reunion was like.

From Stan we got the e-mail address for his brother, Barry. He also gave us the address to another cousin, Bev but wasn’t sure it was still active.

Avraham sent a note and sure enough it was her. After writing about her family she sent us the e-mail addresses of her sister Ava and twin brother David.

Attached to her first note were several pictures of the cousins as children. Memories were flowing and more pictures were arriving.

After contacting the rest of the cousins, the correspondence and more pictures were going back and forth.

One day last week, my husband opened Google talk, saw that his cousin in Iowa was on, so Avraham sent a hello note. The two cousins must have ‘talked’ a half and hour maybe more when his wife joined in to say hello, nice to meet you. After speaking for a few minutes we discover that she had family in Israel. Our cousins asked what our phone number was and a minute later the two cousins were really speaking.

Avraham was so happy.

We sent all the cousins pictures of themselves from our wedding. Stan was an usher at the wedding. The others were children. We had a great picture of all the aunts and uncles sitting together. I always say, pictures are not for today, but for tomorrow.

So to Stan and Helen, Barry and Lori, Bev and George, David and Rachel and Ava, we are so happy to have you back in our lives.

Family is so important, even if the relationship is long distance.

Perhaps some time soon we can arrange a family reunion in Israel.

Miriam

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Miriam and Avraham

Thank you for being in our lives again.
The connections were always strong with Ted and Hymie, as we were growing up, and I have fond memories of my big handsome cousin-Brahm.
Bev

Barry said...

Hi Miriam,
Hello from Montreal.
Even though I'm probably one of the younger cousins (51) I do remember you and Brahm, especially Uncle Hymie and Auntie Toby when they lived on Walkley Ave in NDG. I even remember when you got married.
I have never been to Israel but hopefully one day I'll get there.
I has been great that we're all reconnected by this technology.
Keep well,
Barry

Stan said...

Hi Miriam,
Helen & I enjoyed reading the latest blog "cousins" very much. I have to give you and Avraham a big "thank you" for your efforts in putting us all back in touch once more.
I also want you to know how much we both enjoyed our visit to Netivot, and how excited we were. We have a real story to tell our friends how brave you are living so close to Gaza, and how we just missed the danger of the rockets by one day. We would do it again in a heartbeat!
Keep safe,
Stan