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More Family

More family -- this time Uncle Fred and his wife, from Connecticut -- showed up today to visit. (He's from the side of grandma's family who were German immigrants.) We heard new stories about great-grandmother that I hadn't heard before, about when she went back to Germany for finishing school and all the trouble she got into; I hadn't known she was such a hell-raiser. In a stunt that might seem slightly familiar to some, she played hooky once with her cousin and they stole one of the small passenger ferries along the river and went sailing on it; she got herself both expelled from school /and/ deported back to the US for that stunt, apparently!

Also heard about her friend Davenport Hooker, known as "Worms" for his fascination with tapeworms. "Worms" was one of her best friends and partners-in-crime when she was my age, their penultimate prank apparently having been sewing all the silverware to the tablecloth at a wedding reception once.

We've been going through other stuff... I've found genealogical research for grandma's family going back to the 1400's in England on one branch, and all sorts of things. I've spent a chunk of the afternoon curled up on the couch with a glass of ice tea and a book, with Mollie and Annie (the dogs) piled atop me like a drooling blanket. Tomorrow, we go home.

In some ways I'll be glad. I have a lot of work stuff still to do, and it's been difficult to do development on my laptop out here with no network access. But in others, I'm sad. I guess Narberth and this area are, in some ways, part of me; I spent childhood summers out here, and there's still so much family and so much history here.

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