My cousin Peggy and I connected online in May 2007 through Ancestry.com. According to Ancestry’s relationship calculator, Peggy is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. My maternal great grandmother, Sudie Parks, and Peggy’s grandfather, Johnson Parks, were brother and sister. Peggy and I had an instant connection, and we love exchanging and sharing family information and history.
Peggy shared some family photos with me, including this one her.
The instant I looked at the photo I had this strange and tingling sensation go through my body. She’s a cutie-pie – no doubt about it! But there was something else…something familiar. How could that be? I had never met Peggy. Although we both have relatives still living in Pike and Meriwether counties here in Georgia our paths had never crossed. But, I just could not shake that feeling – I kept thinking…”this picture looks so familiar”…so familiar. It wasn’t that I had seen the photo before. No, it was just…just…I could not put my finger on it, and I could not shake the feeling. There was just something about that picture. It was driving me crazy.
I pulled out one of my photo albums and started looking through the photos. Then, it dawned on me. I finally realized why Peggy’s photo looked familiar. But, I thought to myself I had to be wrong…it must be just my imagination. I had not seen the photo I was looking for in years. My mind and eyes were playing tricks on me; I just thought they were similar. My search took on a new intensity. I knew exactly the picture I was looking for, but where was it??? I had to find that picture.
Finally, there it was and that strange tingling feeling returned, but this time it was accompanied by a smile. I scanned the picture and immediately called Peggy and told her I was sending an email with a photo attached. I wanted her to call me as soon as it came through and she had looked at the picture.
A few minutes later, Peggy called me screaming OMG!!! We both laughed and went OMG!! This is the photo I sent Peggy.
Can you see why we were screaming?? IT’S ME!!