ME: “Jack, what school do you go to?”
JACK: “North America!”
Caleb was crying, I asked him why, he replied: “I was just thinking about your life before I was born and how *horrible* it must have been.”
Me and @Evernote are busting out the ultimate nerd chops. It has involved microfiche. #family #history
I’ve been researching family history lately and am fascinated by all that I am learning about the brave people who came before me. I had no idea how significant many of my ancestors were in the early makings of America. I braced myself before starting the research, scared that I’d find some horrible things (slavery, connections to the holocaust, etc.) and I have found none of that. Just the opposite, actually. I have found people fighting hard to bring freedom and equality to this country and to fight against tyranny. I have found inventors and millers and farmers. I have found people taking a stand against racism, even when the slave trade was still in force. I have found early founders of now-booming cities. I have found involvement in writing bold city pacts to make a more peaceable and productive citizenry. I even found them avoiding conflict between other states by just starting their own state! Although I’m sure I’ll find something scathing eventually, but at this point I am just beaming with pride. And I am humbled to be part of such a legacy.
Nothing brings world history more alive than to research and imagine how your own blood relatives played a part in it all. After spending eons on Ancestry, I’ve now been hitting archived books, reference materials, and even microfiche. (Does anyone love microfiche? If so, we are kindred spirits.)
JACK, to Caleb: “If you’re going to play like that then say goodbye to your only friend.”
CALEB, seriously, with a quivering lip: “Goodbye.” He turned and walked slowly away, then shouted, “LOOK OUT FOR ALIENS!”
JACK: “I will!”
Just caught my kids brushing their teeth while eating chocolate chip cookies. They choose to live life to the fullest. Also, *shudder*.