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The Long Road To Fifty: Minus 1

May 26th, 2014

One thing that’s going to become clear here is that when it comes to my family, I have an appalling lack of knowledge. I know that I have aunts, uncles and cousins out there, but haven’t kept in touch with any of them.

And I truly know next to nothing about my mom’s side of the family. I think that’s partially because my grandparents moved away when I was relatively young, and because my mom died in 1995. I’ve got some photos, a few memories and a bit of second-hand info.

My grandparents were John and Margaret Korhel. They’re standing to the right of my folks in the photo below.

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Here’s a more relaxed shot of John with daughter Marilyn and her two brothers.

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And this is Margaret with my mom.

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The Korhels were always good to me, and Christmases at their place were among my favorite childhood memories. They retired to Leisure World in Seal Beach, California. I didn’t have a great deal of contact with them after that, though I did visit a few times during my year in Southern California. The Prius that I’m driving around now was paid for out of the inheritance my grandmother left me.

Now, this is second-hand knowledge, but it’s my understanding that my mom’s self-esteem problems began with her folks. She certainly let herself go not long after she’d moved out from under them. More on that in a later post.

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