Several days ago, Staffan talked to an older cousin who offered information about two older generations. Staffan mentioned his mother's "blue book"/"blå bok" which has detailed family history. Today, after conversation (me in struggling Swedish ) and delicious fika/substantial snack at his mom's harbor side apartment, we looked at the blue book and at family photo albums of many generations past. I looked at photos of both sets of great, great, great grandparents--miraculous. The family grid expands into finer and finer information; the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle come flooding and flying to the table, giving increasing detail to the larger picture.
I also visited Staffan's high school where he teaches. We also visited the rescue boat involved in his volunteer work on Lake Vänern.The boat is a former naval boat and is equipped with necessary medical/rescue equipment, including soft toys for rescued children. We will spend time pouring over the blue book, gleaning ever deeper knowledge of the family tree.
This afternoon in the waning afternoon sun, I am translating a newspaper article about distant cousin Matt Damon. Stay tuned.