Rediscovering the Missing Link

While most of our friends and relatives were busy headed back north from the Bahamas, Kiawah Island, or Myrtle Beach to get out of the way of hurricane Irene, I was headed in the opposite direction, traveling south towards Charlotte, NC. Fortunately for me, the hurricane stayed along the coast and during my six days of travel over last weekend, I did not experience one single drop of rain and the skies were blue and sunny the whole way!

My objective was to visit my son in law, daughter, and grandchildren who live in Gastonia, NC which is near Charlotte. The distance keeps me from making the trip oftener, but it’s a trip that I look forward to and thoroughly enjoy. I arrived on Friday night. On Saturday afternoon, we all went to the museum in Gastonia. Here I was able to get acquainted with my “missing link” which I have been missing for almost a year! We saw all kinds of prehistoric animals including a display of the origin of man. There was a plaster cast of the bones of “Lucy” who lived some 3.5 million years ago. She was a female who is thought to be the oldest remains of any animal that remotely resembles a modern day human. She stood about 3.5 feet tall and weighted about 60 pounds.

But the missing link which I really enjoyed was my family. They are doing well. Cody, the oldest boy is in first grade and Zachary, the youngest goes to day care. They are full of life and wake up in morning with a smile on their faces, ready to discover all of the fun things that this world has to offer! I sure wish I could be that way. It usually takes me about three cups of coffee before I even want to greet the morning!

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