mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

Second Cousin, Once Removed

Ever since Mom died (well, even before that), I've been interested in establishing connections with my extended family. One way I've been doing that has been by sending photos of the kids to some of my far-flung relatives, so they get to see the newest members of the family.

One of these relatives is my first cousin once removed Sandor, with whom I share an interest in Lewis Carroll. I sent him some photos to coincide with the kids' birthday, and in an email back he casually mentioned that his granddaughter Anna was living and working in the Boston area.

That was like offhandedly mentioning that there's a gold ingot in my desk drawer.

Nomi and I got in touch with Anna, and we had the pleasure of her company and her boyfriend's company on Tuesday night. It was probably a little weird for them, as we had never met before and our relation is distant, but they took to having dinner with us just fine.

In particular, Muffin and Squeaker were quite taken with their third cousin. Recently, they've been wary of strangers, but the moment she came in, they were interested, and they even let her hold them a few times.

Anna and Her Third Cousins Muffin and Squeaker Anna and Her Third Cousins Muffin and Squeaker
Photo copyright ©2010 Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved. Permission to reproduce is explicitly denied.

Being third cousins, I think they share one-eighth of their DNA with Anna. Or one-sixteenth. Or something like that. Maybe less? Anyone know? Maybe Muffin and Squeaker realized that this guest was their third cousin, by using their superpowers to sense the similarities in their DNA.

Anna is a recent college graduate doing medical research in the Boston area, and she's applying to medical school. Her boyfriend is also working in the area, and I was delighted to hear that they were managing despite the economy. Nomi and I are hoping to see them again soon, and to continue strengthening family ties.
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