Terri Evans came into my life in 2009 and left just a short while later. We found each other through our family trees on Ancestry.com. She sent a message to me saying that she was also researching Cecila Potts, her grandmother. She had been placed for adoption and was researching her birth family. I wrote back, “Well, hello cousin!” From then on, we had long message and email threads back and forth as we found out about each other’s family, growing up, siblings, and our beloved dogs.
In 2010, my husband, Don, and I drove from North Carolina to Minnesota to visit family and friends. On the way back, we stopped in Menomonie, Wisconsin to meet Terri. She working at a residential alternative home, and as we drove up, one of the residents was standing in front of the house waving at us. She rushed in to let Terri know, and I finally got to meet Terri and her dog, Scout. We stayed for coffee, and then made our way back to North Carolina.
We continued our correspondence, and then in 2013, she wrote to me asking if she and her mother could come to North Carolina to visit. Her mother had taken each of her children on a trip to wherever they’d like to go, and now it was Terri’s turn. She wanted to visit me in North Carolina.
Gail Wawrzyniak is a North Carolina writer bringing together her love of art, history and writing.