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  • The entire clan is descending (I guess it's more like ascending) upon Hartford, Connecticut, today for a most joyous family occasion. My brother Jim will be marrying his lady, Dorothy, tomorrow on June 2. Kathy, J.B. and I are driving up from Virginia. Brother Chris flew Mom up yesterday from South Carolina. Sister Juli and brother Ken have flown in from California (S.F. and S.D.). Brother Brian is driving up from Pittsburgh, sister Mary is flying in from New Jersey. Many of the next generation are coming in from a whole variety of other places.

    We all love Dorothy, and are SO happy for Jim that he found her. He'd had a pretty rough patch for awhile there. They are both the most lovely people, and it's simpy a joy that they found each other. Their story of finding each other is a good one. In Jim's words:

    "I can add to the story of our finding each other. It was, you’ll recall, Dorothy’s brother in law Louis who worked with me for only a few years who said to me in 2006 'There’s someone you ought to meet' (his sister in law, Dorothy). He was way out of his comfort zone. Had never done any kind of match-making in his life. To make it worse, I replied “Thanks, but I’m in no condition to meet anybody.” (Jim had just gotten out of a rough relationship). More than two years later, just before Louis leaves and I’ll probably never see him again, I’ve worked a lot on myself and find myself starting to date a little. So I go back to Louis and ask whether he’s still in the match-making business. Now he’s really embarrassed but says “Let me check.” And the rest is history.

    "Well, we just learned last week that there’s another part to Louis’s story. He just got an email from a guy named John who he hired to teach here during those few years he was here. John writes “I really have to thank you. When you hired me to teach, it led to my meeting Rachel who also taught there. Rachel and I are now going to get married. We’d like you to attend. It’s on June 2!”

    "So this reluctant matchmaker has to tell the person he “matched” no thanks, but he’s already going to a wedding that day of other people he matched! By the way, John was one of the first people I met when I went to work at Aetna in 1973, so it’s two late in life matches that Louis made!

    Crazy world".

    Crazy indeed! Good crazy, sometimes. I'll be out of Cowbird range for the weekend, but will surely have a few interesting stories to relate after this weekend!

    Jim also said that his sponsor is attending the wedding, and can't wait to meet me. He thinks he's coming as much to talk to me about some of my Cowbird stories as he is to attend the wedding! (I share the family-related ones with my siblings, and I guess they pass them around).

    Have a great weekend, my Cowbird family!
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