I picked up mom today to take her to the Audiologist office to have her hearing aids checked after issues at a recent medical appointment. We entered the office lobby, did all the normal pleasantries and the sat down a seat away from the only other patient in the office. Now this is where is gets weird and believe me, you can’t make this stuff up.
We hear the secretary say Ms. Kreis and all three of us say, sorry it’s pronounced Kreis. See we pronounce our last name the way it is said in Germany whet my grandfather was from and the other patient in the office who has the same last name pronounces it the way our alphabet says it. This lady thought we were messing with her so I had to show her my drivers license to prove our last names were the same. We started talking about how rare the name is and I said, that one of my companies clients has the same name. She returned with, “Well, my son lives in Elk Grove.” I told her our client and his wife’s name and she said yea, that’s my son and daughter in-law.
They next starting talking about growing up and who would-a-thunk! Mom and her seven brothers and sister grew up in the area of Flint, Michigan and patient 2’s family grew up in the Detroit, Michigan. Mom comes back with, “I had numerous aunts and uncles that lived in Detroit!” Wow, what turns and twists had to take place for two women who’s families both (or just one) came over from Germany, landed in the Northern Michigan area and then into the Sacramento area and finally in a little 20′-40′ Sacramento Audiologist office? Think about that for a minute.
Come to find out patient 2 is heavy into Ancestry.com and is going to do some research into our family lines and just see if somewhere in the past, they crossed. We end with hugs and exchanging numbers to hopefully find out down the road. This story just goes to show you, that you never know when or where your going to run into someone from your past or future. Always keep and open mind.
Sorry hard to put pictures into this story, couldn’t figure out where to go with it.