Meet my cousin Diane. What a lady!
She is a modern day survivor. None of us would wish for the childhood she had.
Diane’s mom was a troubled soul. Back in the day she suffered mental issues that are now treatable. We owe my aunt much, due to the experimental treatments she endured.
Drama lived in Diane’s childhood home, leaving her bitter memories. My aunt was committed to a mental institution where she lived out her remaining years.
Diane was sent to an orphanage. Upon her return home, she and her father didn’t get along well.
Society didn’t make life easy for a single father. While still a minor, Diane left home. Society didn’t make life easy for a teenager on her own either.
New and Improved
Diane married, striving for the normal family she had never known.
The two of us had lost touch with each other long ago. But through my husband’s Ancestry page, she located me/us.
This summer we had made a return trip to Michigan, taking the opportunity to meet Diane.
Her first words reflected my own feelings, “I’m so nervous!”
We learned for seventeen years we lived forty-five minutes from each other, never knowing it. There is so much to catch up on.
It’s a mystery why life takes us places we never imagined. Maybe we wouldn’t have appreciated our family ties if they were normal. What is normal anyway, but a setting on our washer?
God’s reasons are beyond our way of thinking. Two things I can say with certainty:
The Lord carried Diane through tough times, and she came out fine. And both of us have been blessed with a restored relationship.
Restoration, that’s what He is all about. Okay, so three things.