Our hearts are heavy these days, and our cousin Dale’s family is regularly in our prayers. He was too young, by our measure, and he will be missed. May you all know “the peace that surpasses understanding.”
Dale’s passing, I confess, got me thinking about all us cousins and looking up some information I hadn’t thought about before. Most of it’s in the category of trivia but I found it interesting nevertheless.
We are 29 cousins, of course, but now two of us have passed on. The first was my brother William (“Billy”) in August 1963 in a farm accident, and now Dale. That’s going on 48 years between – perhaps an amazing length of time -but of course spouses have died, such as Olinda’s Gerry most recently.
Conrad Okerwall is the oldest cousin, Greg Borreson the youngest, with about 28 1/2 years between those births. I am actually surprised that time wasn’t longer, given the 23 years between the oldest and youngest in our parents’ generation (between Edwin and Sid).
Grouping by decades, only one cousin was born in the 1920s, six in the 1930s, 11 in the 1940s, and 11 again in the 1950s. Three cousins were born in five different years: 1944, 1948, 1949, 1953, and 1955. June was the most popular month to be born (6), no cousin was born in October, and five months had just one birth (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov). Except for December, winter wasn’t too popular. Well, that’s enough foolishness from me….