Friday, June 19, 2009
I love genealogy and in my research I've found some juicy stories that reflect poorly on some ancestors, but I tell them anyway, it's what will make the next generation interested. Everyone was not perfect and young people get impatient and skeptical when previous generations are presented as such. I would rather my kids remember the struggles that that their foremothers triumphed over; illigitimate children, polygamous marriages, daughters promised in marriage to stepfathers, and pipe smoking grandmas included. Nothing is gained by forgetting or omitting. Now my children know that they are from strong stock and they too can handle everyday ups and downs.