Well, it wasn't really a "reunion" since prior to about two weeks ago, neither of us knew that the other existed, but last week second cousins Casey Brown and Yours Truly met for the first time over lunch in the Strip District at the Smallman Street Deli.
Casey's grandmother, Marie Madden Brown and my grandfather, Bill Madden, were brother and sister. It was yet another cousin, Marla Madden of Boca Raton, FL, who is the granddaughter of yet another Madden sibling, Leo Madden, who did the genealogical research and who ferreted out the existence of Casey Brown and me. Amazingly, while I was growing up in Squirrel Hill, Casey was growing up in Swissvale, not even ten miles apart.
Bill Madden was my mother's father, and, for whatever the reason, I knew very little of the background or history of the Madden branch of my own particular family tree. So, I am grateful to Marla for finding us, and I am grateful to have had the chance to meet Casey. We spent a delightful couple of hours together learning about our heretofore unknown shared pasts.
Kind of like something you'd see in a movie.