First “coincidence”: Today would have been my parent’s 59th wedding anniversary.
Second “coincidence”: Today, I received Christmas greetings from my cousin who lives in Canada. In with her card, she enclosed three letters, three photographs, and two drawings. And no, my cousin isn’t mixed up with her dates… the letter was mailed well before last year’s Yuletide season. But… somehow the “Mexico” part of the address got damaged and so the envelope made a world tour before it arrived into my hands.
Third “coincidence”: The letters, photographs and drawings are from 1955 and were sent to my grandmother and my parents from my aunt who lives in Holland. She is 99 years old and today, I found out that while Jorge and I are in Amsterdam on August 4th, she expects us for “tea” at 4 pm.
In the letters she says how much I (a little girl in 1955) look like the van der Gracht side of the family and she wonders what I’ll look like when I’m older… I plan to take the letters and pictures to show her.
So all of that coming on the same day seems like “more than a coincidence!”
- The Canadian soldier is my father is 1945. See how young he is… and he had fought for 6 years by that time.
- The drawing is by my aunt; it is the view from her studio on one of Amsterdam’s canals
- The child’s face, used on the header is mine as it was in 1955