Reunion after 64 years!!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
My mom, my older sister and I just got back from a cruise to New England and Canada. This was the second time that mom and I took this cruise, first for my sister. My sister and I had an idea that we were hoping we could make work.
My mom is originally from Burin, Newfoundland in Canada. When she was 20 she moved away to the Air Force base in Newfoundland to find work. While there she met and then later married my dad, who was stationed there in the Air Force. Mom came from a large family, 12 children, and she is the oldest surviving. Her brothers and father were fishermen and were away on the boats alot. When mom left, at 20, that was the last time that she saw her youngest brother Les. When she and my dad would go back to her home the timing was never right and Les was never home.
Mom is now 84 and she kept talking about wanting to visit her brother's again. So we talked and decided on taking the cruise. With my mom that is the best way to travel, she can't get around that well anymore so cruising suits her. I contacted her brother Mike, who also lives in Nova Scotia, Canada and told him the cruise dates. I asked him to get ahold of Les and the rest of the brothers and see if they could meet us when we docked in Halifax. I told him to stress to Les that mom had been asking after him specifically and to make sure he was there. My sister and I told mom that we had gotten ahold of them but didn't know if they would be able to make it, we would just have to wait and see. We knew they were coming but mom didn't.
So, we are on the cruise and sailing closer and closer to Halifax. We told our dinner companions that we hoped to meet her brothers in Halifax. So we finally dock in Halifax and my sister got off the ship before mom and I. We go into the terminal and mom is looking around for my sister. I point to my left and mom looks, I hear a gasp and then she is crying and pushing her way through the crowd. There standing by my sister are her brother's Les, Mike and his wife and their daughter and her 5 month old son. Needless to say we are all crying and hugging. People from our ship that knew the story walked by and smiled and cried.
We went to a nice restaurant and had lunch and just sat and talked, and took alot of pictures. We were able to spend about 6 hours together before we needed to board the ship again. That night at dinner on ship our table mates were asking mom about her day and everyone started to cry again.
Mom still talks about it and says it was the best trip ever. I got my pictures developed so I am going to make an album for mom so she can look at the pictures and remember. I am going to do her album in a scrapbook so I can write notes by the pictures. Mom's Alzheimer's is progressing so this way even if she forgets she will be reminded. Mom is already talking about her next cruise.