In my last entry I mentioned that I thought I'd try to hunt down my uncle's daughter, my first cousin. I went to the first place anyone goes now for these sorts of things -- Facebook -- and typed her name in. The first hit was in the same city and state my uncle lived in so I sent her a message and hoped for the best.
She messaged me back the same day and said I'd given her chills. That she was indeed my uncle's daughter and has been wanting to find and get to know members of her father's family for years now. We spoke on the phone this afternoon briefly and plan to speak more in the coming days.
She seems like a very nice young woman and I look forward to getting to know her better. She told me she hoped to find peace with her dad -- whom she'd had a difficult relationship with -- by establishing ties with the other side of her lineage. I'm totally on board with this. If I could look in my uncle's eyes now I would tell him something from his daughter and his niece. The cycle he lived through ends with him. We will choose to take a different path.
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