My Aunt Joan called early this morning to chat. What a treat.
I had sent Joan a link to a Webinar I taught recently and she wanted to tell me how much she it helped her to understand what I do at work.
Then we just chatted for about an hour.
Things I learned during our conversation:
- Ben Kilpatrick, a member of the Sundance Kid's Hole in the Wall Gang, was a relative of ours.
- When Joan and my Uncle Rog lived on a farm 40 years ago, they hired Mexican workers from Texas. Farmers in Nebraska were often visited by INS employees and were fined if immigrant workers didn't have the correct papers. She is very worried about how Mexicans and Mexican-Americans will be treated in Arizona when the new immigration law takes effect.
- Some of our ancestors arrived in the U.S. through New Orleans.
- The ancestors I thought were Dutch were actually Danish.
- The ancestors I thought were Irish were actually Scottish.
- I love my Aunt Joan who is in her mid-80s and, although I kind of hate to say it out loud... to put words to it, I am missing her already.