Dec 09 2005

The oldest living Van Hecke is my great aunt Peggy, who lives just a short drive across a bridge in Bellevue. I had no idea that any of my relatives lived near Seattle until I moved here. They welcomed Piroko and me into their home for last year’s Thanksgiving, and we felt right at home. This September there was a Van Hecke reunion; my aunt Debbie from California and I represented our branch of the Van Hecke tree. Ann came along, and we got to play “how long will people assume we’re dating”. At the reunion picnic, we were standing out on this pier when some college kids appeared and asked whether we would mind if they jumped in the lake. We said no, so they did. After, they felt dumb.