One of the gifts we all received from Jim's sister, Kathleen, was a book on Jim's parents' backgrounds…..from as far back as 5 generations! Kathleen worked on this masterpiece for 10 years!!! And as I look back I remember vacations with she and Stan when we were tromping thru old cemeteries in Scotland and Ireland, taking pictures of graves and headstones….walking down the aisle of the church where his dad and his nine siblings were baptized…seeing the tiny apartment they lived in…adding our footsteps to the common ground they walked on. In New York we visited the apartment where Jim and Kathleen's mom was raised. It is close to Central Park, a favorite place for Marion, where she and her dad took frequent walks and had great conversations. We visited the home her aunt had lived in …. a small tiny town in Sligo Ireland.
Each face has a story, and it is a joy to be able to connect with them.