For the May 3, 2021 KGUA radio Morning Writer’s Hour, we are asked to freewrite about a random connection that was a total surprise. This one blew me away. Fasten your seatbelts.
When Hannah and I return to Arizona, our home for ten years as young marrieds, we seek out Sabino Canyon near Tucson for a hiking fix.
Five years ago, after nearly four hours of hiking on the Seven Falls Trail, we return to the visitor center for Hannah to buy postcards. The volunteer ranger notices my ever-present Ithaca Bombers shirt and asks, Is that in New York? Nodding yes, I listen as she mentions that she’s from nearby Rochester.
I point to Hannah and proudly beam, I married a Rochester girl. Knowing that people often say that they are from the city of Rochester when they are, in fact, from a nearby small town that no one would know, I mention Hannah is actually from Fairport. To my surprise, Julia knows it well as someone from nearby East Rochester.
Hannah comes over and talks with Julia of childhood memories of the area. When I return to Hannah and Julia, who looks our age, I randomly ask, Did you know Dr. Kraai, Hannah’s dad?
This is not as an off-the-wall question as it may seem since Dr. Kraai was the family general practioner for the town of Fairport who worked made house calls each morning, had office hours in their home til 10P, and delivered some 5000 babies.
Julia is stunned and looks directly at Hannah, Dr. Kraai delivered me. Hannah, whose dad died 30 years ago, tears up immediately and says, I have goose bumps. Julia adds, I do too.
What do you know, randomness lives in Tucson, Arizona!
See below for the full story with cactus from our hike at Sabino Canyon five years ago.