There's a reason for the name of this blog. I know myself very, very well.
Waiting until you get a Round Tuit isn't a good thing. Don't do it.
More than a year ago, I was contacted by a woman who was quite surprised to find my blog mentioning Grandpa's first cousin, Grant Morgan. Turns out that Grant was her grandfather, and this woman, Vicki, was my third cousin.
I, in turn, was quite surprised to find that Vicki's mother — Grant's daughter, Vivian — was still alive and in her 90s.
Grant and his wife were buried in a cemetery in East Palestine, where Dad was born. Grandpa was an only child, and I was only 5 years old when he died. I'd never met ANYONE from his side of the family. What an opportunity to speak to someone who might have some answers!
Did they have information on our Donley ancestors?
Were there any photos or stories or heirlooms?
(You can see where this is going.)
And what did I do?
Not one damn thing.
Not a letter, not a phone call.
Since I was going to Ohio in April, I figured I'd see Vivian then. So I waited.
Too long, as it turned out, and I was crushed to see that Vivian passed away in January.
My father's mantra was, "If there's anything you want to do in this life, don't wait — do it now."
I blew it.