Remember those old black and white photos, of the family. Old Granny on the steps of the house looking stern along side grandpa. I have a few of those, that have been passed down to me from my mother’s side. My dad’s side of the family is more mysterious, no pictures and no memories but ironically I can trace the genealogy back to pre-revolutionary war times, but no black and whites.
Many of us would just as soon not identify with our ancestors… but I think it is a key to who we are. How far back did that talent for art materialize? Where did I get that wry humor?
I worked for many years in the adoption field. I tried very hard to get as much information as possible about birth families. It is important to know… It makes one whole… I even tried to pass along some of those old black and whites.
We all innately need to know where we came from; remember the mini-series Roots. Ancestors help identify that you came from a clan, even if you have never lived with them. The collective consciousness of your family is always with you; it is one of the reasons, you are who you are. Go dig out those black and whites this weekend.
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