23 & Me Family Tree

The memories of meeting my sister for the first time are pretty foggy. That’s because it was nearly 50 years ago. Other things are more clearly embedded in my mind. Case in point is the arrival of my first Schwinn with the banana seat.

This was a recent topic of conversation with a friend of mine who was telling me about meeting her brother for the first time. She’s a little older than me and probably has the same kind of age-related memory lapses that I have.

Her account of the meeting sounded fresh because she had just met her brother for the first time last week.

All because she took a DNA test last year. Not only that, her brother lives in the same state.

The details of what happened are now inconsequential owing to the sands of time and to the passing of the principal players. The secret or secrets are out and any whiff of scandal has been paved over by the sheer joy of finding a sibling.

What we used to visualize as a “proper” family tree or what we considered to be a “correct” family was always a carefully polished work of fiction.

The reality is much more organic.

Truth is better.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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