Thursday, August 23, 2012

Another amazing occurrence … thanks to the internet.

About a year ago I received a very interesting email from a man who had read a blog entry that I’d written about my Grandfather. He was writing to tell me the astonishing news that he had actually purchased my grandparents home in New Jersey in 1968. He’d bought it from my grandmother who had outlived “papa” by many years.

He also sent me this wonderful picture. Their house is the one on the right and I remember it well. I was just 7 or 8 at the time but I recall how my parents and my four sisters and I would take the long walk to their house on most Sundays.

One of my sisters was the same age as the boy, Elwood, who lived in the house to the far left in the picture and we all became great friends. As it turned out, according to the man who contacted me, he was the only one of the neighbors still alive.

With this in mind I decided to write to him and I did … explaining who I was and reliving some memories. That was over a year ago and, since I never got an answer, I figured either he'd never received the letter or he just wasn’t interested.

I guess I couldn’t have been more wrong because just a few weeks ago I received a heartfelt phone call from his nephew. He was calling to tell me that his uncle Elwood had passed away. He said he was sure I would want to know since he’d found my open and well-read letter on top of the table next to his bed where he kept his “important papers“.

It literally brought tears to my eyes and was a great reminder that we never know how our actions may affect others.


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

How thoughtful of them to contact you. We have had friends die, and nobody bothered to tell us.

6:32 PM  
Blogger ellen said...

Ginnie, this brings tears to my eyes.
What a wonderful remembrance. I think that you truly, must have eased his life.
Sending so much love to you, Ellen.

6:33 PM  
Anonymous schmidleysscribblins, said...

Another wonderful story. How lovely you reached out and touched someone who obviously appreciated it. How nice his nephew to keep you informed. You've had a storybook life (and I mean that literally). Dianne

7:29 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

This just reinforces my belief that we never know how a card, letter, or note may brighten another person's day even if we never know. It was nice if Elwood's nephew to let you know that your letters had that effect for his uncle. I was wondering I. What NJ town your grandparents lived...was it Plainfield as I recall many similar grand old homes there.

12:10 PM  
Blogger KGMom said...

We just never know, do we, whose lives we touch in particular ways.
Glad the nephew contacted you.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

That is bittersweet Ginnie.
Love Di ♥

10:33 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

I am sure that he treasured that letter. So good of you to write to him and remember him.

7:02 PM  
Blogger joared said...

Oh so true about never knowing how we may touch the life of another. That's why I always say that it takes such little effort to smile, and we may well be gifting someone with the only smile they'll get that day.

So thoughtful of you to write him and kind of his family to contact you.

1:03 AM  
Blogger possum said...

Aaaawwwww. How sweet.
Yep, we never know how much some seemly simple things mean to others. How wonderful of the nephew to let you know.

9:41 AM  

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