Yes, I know…this is WRITING DAY. But maybe this will qualify. The following surprise would not have happened, if I hadn’t been writing on my blog! Special thanks to the Gatekeeper who talked me into blogging.
Here’s the story.
I was blog surfing the other night and decided to slide into Janey Loree’s
Notes That Touch The Heart to see the pictures of her ride across the desert in a desert runner. Wow! I felt like I was in the jeep! Then I scrolled down and the previous post captured my interest. It said “Arizona 2007 Vacation”. Pictures of the beautiful desert landscape stirred my heart and brought back memories. (stay with me—the surprise is coming!)
My husband’s Aunt and Uncle owned a ranch and land in a sleepy little place called Arlington situated in the middle of the Arizona desert. My husband, during his teen years, spent the summers working around the ranch and helping to irrigate the cotton fields along with his cousin Kevin and Sam Senior. He saved enough in 3 summers to buy his first car. (I’m getting to the amazing SURPRSE—so hold on.)
Tom has taken me back to the ranch many times over the years, where I have enjoyed such adventures as picnics in the desert, viewing hieroglyphics on rocks, riding down the Gila river after a flood, going exploring in Uncle Bob’s jeep, enjoying star filled skies, and hunting scorpions under black light at night——scorpions GLOW! (Later they were placed into plastic curios like belt buckles and paper weights.)
So I left a comment for Janey—a brief description of what you read above mentioning “Arlington”. Nobody seems to know where “Arlington” is…at least in California…so I was quite surprised when Janey commented back...with exclamation points! Her great-grandfather had a ranch in Arlington. She mentioned his last name, and it was the same last name as Tom’s Uncle!!! It turns out that Uncle Bob, and Janey’s Grandfather are brothers! Wow!
I don’t know what else to say about this! It’s still sinking in! One never knows what will happen from one day to the next. Also, a very special thanks to Blog Village where I met Janey.
Those of you who have enjoyed Janey's warm and friendly comments on your blogs will know what I mean when I say that I couldn't have asked for a nicer person to be in a family with.
This makes me wonder if anyone else has ever unexpectedly met a family member through blogging, or a long lost friend, or anything surprising! It would be great to hear your stories!