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Old 07-08-08, 12:49 AM   #1
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My Cousin- The Saga

I feel as though this story should be shared with the world. This is an epic tale of love and hate, of fear and courage, of hope, of disappointment, of pain and suffering, but most of all, it is a tale of a family- of my family.

This story cannot be told in one sitting. It must be given to you as it was given to me, a bit at a time. The story is too great to write, or read in one sitting, so I will tell my tale over a period of days.

Thus begins My Cousin.
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(I'm using Icelandic names to protect the innocent and to keep in tradition of the great Icelandic Sagas of yore.)

I was 7 years old when my mother's brother and his wife had their first child. They named him Thorgrim, son of Thorstein. He was a quiet child, concerning himself with the study of ancient beasts rather than the study of sword play and horseback riding. His days were filled with reading, writing, and arithmetic, not with the training a warrior son should do. When Thorgrim was 3, his mother gave birth to another son, Lief, and when Thorgrim was 5, his sister, Ingibjorg was born. Leif became the warrior son and Ingibjorg became a beautiful warrior daughter.

After Ingibjorg was born, Thorstein and his wife, Hildegunna, began to argue. They held on for another 7 years before finally divorcing. This had a profound affect on the children, but especially 12 year old Thorgrim. The children all moved in with Hildegunna, but fiercly independant Thorgrim and his mother fought all the time. Before Thorgrim was 18, he moved in with his father. This situation turned out even worse for Thorgrim, as Thorstein understood his son even less than Hildegunna did.
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Chapter 2

When Thorgrim was 18, he struck out on his own. Deciding religious studies was his calling, he started his education. The first year went fine, and that summer, he worked and lived at a Buddhist monastery in the Californian mountains. (FYI, California is called the Iceland of the U.S. by many people.) Thorgrim claims no religion, but his beliefs are small pieces taken from numerous religions. Coming back from his first summer at the monastery, he moved in with his grandparents and continued his schooling. After only a few months, Thorgrim was forced to leave the grandparents house after numerous and oddly inconsiquential arguments.

The next two years took Thorgrim to Berkeley. He started school and a job, and held on to both for quite a while. In the summers, he worked for different Buddhist monasteries, and during the school year, he held down jobs as a dishwasher. During this period, he mostly stayed away from family, only visiting my parents (who had a boat there) occasionally, and rarely seeing his parents or grandparents. Those who did manage to see him, thought he was doing very well.
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was the boat a long boat with a carved figurehead and shields hanging from the sides?
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If Thor looks anything like this, he needs to be introduced to the Foo ladies.

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Uh-oh. This story can't be going in a good direction. I hope he didn't meet Dumpster Muffin.

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When I was kid, I had a gerbil named Thor, God of Thunder. I found it to be ironic.
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I'm waiting for the part where he thayth that he'th really thor...
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I see what you did there!!!!!
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Have a friend whose husband IS named Thor.
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is her name Sif?
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Chapter 3

Throughout all this education, Thorgrim felt a need to explore different religions and what they meant to him. He wanted to learn about how cultures used their religions. He felt as though he could understand religion.

At the beginning of 2007, Thorgrim had saved enough money to travel. He set out for India, land of Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist. Thorgrim spent 3 months traveling, studying, and learning from gurus. It was on this pilgrimage that he decided his life would be dedicated to the study of world religions. Thorgrim also brought something else back with him. Something that would change his life.
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