Thursday, May 26, 2011

Harold Walker and his wife Linda from Clinton, Arkansas were at our house the other evening to visit. Harold is one of my first cousins on my Mother’s side of the family and we hadn’t seen them for some years. Of the Walker grandchildren, sister Vivian(d)was the oldest, then Verlon, Clifford(d), Donald, Imogene(d), Marjorie(d), Kenneth(d), Harriet(d), Stanley, Roger(d), Melvin(d), Jerry, Janice, Doris, Delores, David Gene(d), Duane, Bonnie and Ronald. The birth dates range from 1923 to 1948. Nine of the twenty are deceased and unfortunately, little contact is maintained between the cousins. This is in contrast to the first cousins on my Dad’s side of the family where we get together periodically and maintain a family news letter. Ruth(d) was the oldest of the Vrana cousins, then Theodore, Vivian(d), Richard, Robert(d), Linsford(d), Verlon, Donald Wayne(d), George(d), Donald Dean, Doloros, Kenneth(d), Philip, John, James(d), Dale, Barbara Phyllis(d), Robert, William(d), Janice, Jerry, Merle, Bonnie, Patricia, David Gene(d), Margaret and Joanne. These birth dates range from 1918 to 1947. Eleven of the 27 are deceased. The picture was taken when my folks celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary in1945. Most of my cousins on both sides of the family were there as well as their parents. WWII had just ended and several of the older cousins had not yet returned from military service. Families lived closer together back in the days when I and most of my cousins were growing up and so we knew each other. In today’s world families are much more widely dispersed, and it is more difficult to maintain close relationships. However, with Facebook, Tweeter, and other social media, hopefully they can be maintained for the benefit of Families and Society.

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