Complex Family Reunion

Janice Konstantinidis
6 min readOct 24, 2023

Part one

In the winter of May of 1964, life took an unexpected turn. My 14th birthday was a modest but pleasant celebration marked by a pair of dress pants gifted by my aunt and a family gathering with a cake to celebrate.

My father appeared on the doorstep after dinner, an unusual occurrence. He handed me two pounds and a birthday card, a gesture alien to our relationship.

Later, trying to make conversation, he said, “You’re a woman now.” This baffled and bewildered me. My aunt, ever the pragmatist, interjected, dismissing his statement…

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Janice Konstantinidis

I am a lover of fine cheese, my dogs, my garden, knitting, photography, writing and more!