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  • My second Cowbird story shared was a favorite of mine, the story of my family's vacation spot growing up, "The Cottage", and my very first memory - getting my nose broken there at age 2 1/2!

    I shared it with my cousin Jane, whom I've only been in touch with via Facebook and e-mail, although our correspondences are not frequent. I last saw her and her siblings at a family funeral 12 years ago. We're all so busy in our lives, we just don't find the time to connect, often.

    I hadn't heard back from Jane, until yesterday, while some of my family were gathered together in Debordieu, South Carolina, for an Easter feast, and I received this nice e-mail from cousin Fred:

    "Hi Pete. This is Fred Eichenlaub. I'm up here at Jane's place on Pymatuming Lake with Carol and Mark. Carol and Jane asked if I had seen your story about how your nose got broken. I hadn't so they looked it up for me.

    "You certinly have a gift with words. Wow! What a great story you related.

    "I too remember that day and how excited you were that your older brother was willing to hit your new ball and try to get it as far as the rail road tracks. And I remember how that moment of summer fun changed in an instant. You got hit so hard on Chris' back swing, trying to make the ball go all the way to the RR tracks, I'm sure that Chris thought he'd killed you. I know the thought sure did cross my mind. We were so relieved that you would survive with just a broken nose".

    Me too! It was great to connect again with these cousins, with whom we've fallen out of touch, but with whom we share such fond memories of our childhoods - including the one of me getting my nose broken!

    Inspired by Cowbird!
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