Find out everything you can, while the people and their memories are still around.
Ask. Find out everything you can, while the people and their memories are still around.
Stuart James
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Sounds simple enough, but what with humans-especially family, is ever simple. The last time I asked my dad if he had spoken to her, the reaction was not good.

It is my understanding that my grandfather never spoke to her after she left. Rumors (from, who?) said her husband was abusive. He died a long time ago. Her son died in a factory explosion. I believe she is quite poor. And somehow, during my short time with my cousin — who lives in Dallas, but speaks no English — I got the impression my aunt mostly prefers to be left alone. (Of course, I could be wrong about some or most of this.)

My only known way to contact any of them is through the PO Box. Today, thanks to your prompting, I will send a card — just to let her know I’m thinking of her. Right now. I’ll do it, right now.

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