WHY I DO THE THINGS THAT I DO?
THIS BEST EXPLAINS IT , I THINK. GBM
By Unknown Author
We are the
chosen. My feelings are in each family there is one who seems
called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live
again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and
approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but,
instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story
tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were,
by our genes.
Those who have
gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So,we do.
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood
before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the
ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us?
How many times
have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I
It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do
the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to
weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here
are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.
It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes
to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.
It is up to that
one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line
of family storytellers.
That, is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young
and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.
Come Back often Gloria B. Mayfield aka LadyTexian.