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July 13, 2005

roots

I enjoy reading posts such as this one. I like it when people show a deep appreciation for their ancestors.

Maybe that's a result of my Kentucky roots, where family was like a clan--- blood was always thicker than water and if somebody harmed one of your'n, they harmed YOU, too. We'd FIGHT over that kind of stuff. We still do, too.

I love talking with my grandmother. On her 90th birthday, somebody made a "family tree" and put it in a frame that hangs on Mommie's wall today. It shows an old, old picture of when she first married my Papaw, and then all the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-GREAT grandchildren who spawned from that original union.

Just damn! I sometimes look at those pictures and wonder... Mommie, you never were rich, you never were famous and you never even learned to drive a car. But you damn sure made an impact on this world. And you made an impact on ME, too.

I think the guy who wrote that post feels the same way.

Comments

I wish everyone had the comfort of HOME and family, a rich heritage.

There are a lot of books on Jewish Diaspora.

Thanks for posting his site.

Posted by: Bonita on July 13, 2005 11:06 AM

Rob, I grew up not too far from you, just up and across the river. Try explaining that you're related to the Hatfields and that the feud was over land and politics (yes, we take politics very seriously), not a pig or some sob sorry about starry-eyed lovers. People without a strong sense of family don't get it and never will. I grew up knowing the names of my extended family back 200 years. In the mountains, that sense of family isn't just important, it's how you became who you are.

Posted by: joy on July 14, 2005 09:19 AM
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