"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SHOW AND TELL: It's A Small World After All

Welcome to our weekly expedition into the land of Show and Tell. Y'all know Show and Tell is wasted on the elementary schoolers. Join us weekly to show off an item, tell a story, and get the attention of the class. In other words, this is Show and Tell 2.0.

I got the coolest email today. I don't know how many of you remember my show and tell post about my Grandpa last year...SHOW AND TELL: my first Marty. Well, today I got an email from the daughter of Salvatore Patrissi, the pilot of the plane my Grandpa flew on. Evidently, her sister was searching the web and stumbled across the pics on my blog. I was so excited about the email that I called my aunt to tell her about it. Not only was she excited about the contact too but she told me a story about my Grandpa that I'd never heard before. My aunt told me that as long as the original crew flew together, none of them got injured. The often limped back with the plane all shot to hell but they were ok. It's like that original crew were each other's good luck charms. Then Mac, the regular co-pilot, got pulled to fill in on a crew that had people out with injuries and Mac got injured during that flight.

England 1944
Celebrating the completion of 30 missions
Patrissi, Swede (my Grandpa, isn't he handsome!),
and replacement copilot (Mac was in the hospital)
While Patrissi passed away within 2 yrs of my Grandpa, his wife and kids are still around. I can't wait to exchange pictures and stories with them.
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To see what everyone else in class is bringing to SHOW AND TELL, take a trip to visit the Miss Mel, Goddess of the Infertility Blogosphere.

13 comments:

areyoukiddingme said...

That's so cool! It's amazing to find that kind of information...

Calliope said...

wow!! I LOVE hearing about this kind of stuff!

Terry Elisabeth said...

That's a beautiful picture. These men are indeed handsome.

Lollipop Goldstein said...

I remember the story about your grandfather--that is so amazing that the post connected you with the pilot's daughter (and family). See, the Internet is good for something :-)

Rachel - Henry Street said...

Very cool!

Myndi said...

I love old photos like that, and what a great connection. It is amazing who you can connect with thanks to the internet! My mom is very into geneaology and I know she's found her half-brother that way...

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Oh how cool is that? My Beloved and I have been researching our family tree, and I would love to make a connection like that...

Erika said...

I love how the internet links us all together! We got an e-mail this week with pictures of my dad from his church mission and college from one of his good friends. So neat to have them and the stories that go with them!

Tas said...

What a lovely story! Isn't the internet great. :-D

Delenn said...

How awesome is that!

Aunt Becky said...

That is WICKED awesome. For serious.

MrsSpock said...

Yes, your Grandpa was a handsome man! What a wonderful family story...

battynurse said...

Wow. How cool is that. Your grandpa was a handsome man. I hope you get to hear many more great stories.