Fast forward almost 40 years. Through the magic of facebook, most of us have connected with Debbie's daughter, Mkenzie, who had been living in North Carolina. She would be Lloyd's great-niece. This past summer Mkenzie, her husband, Anthony, and three daughters moved to Arizona. When she heard Lloyd and I would be here, she contacted Lloyd and arranged to meet us.
So yesterday, her little family came to our place in Surprise and we spent the afternoon getting to know this long-lost branch of the family.
|Mkenzie and Lloyd|
|Anthony, Mkenzie, Lily and Zoe|
Families are interesting entities. Not all lines are direct. There are many re-routing of family members with different paths and directions taken. There's a common bond that blends us all together though. Whether it's the need to connect with other people who share common DNA or a search for someplace we belong and someone we belong to, finding a link to our common ancestor is an exciting event. There seems to be a need to connect to people. We see it all the time.
When our family moved to southern Alberta from Nova Scotia back in 1989 people we'd meet in the small town there immediately tried to trace us back to someone they knew. "You must be related to the Hillspring MacKenzies" is something we often heard. "No", we'd say, "We're from Nova Scotia". People still wanted to connect us with people they knew.
This reaching out is alive and well among our children as well. One of our daughters has begun a dialog reaching back over 15 years now with one of Lloyd's cousins in Ontario - one none of us has ever met but who has become an important part of Jenny's on-line life over the years. She has learned a lot about our family through him.
There's nothing quite as comforting, or exasperating sometimes, as belonging to a large extended family, but we wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
We're happy to welcome Mkenzie to our portion of the Clan MacKenzie.