What caused me to write this specific blog?
“Someone once asked me, Do you know anything about your background? Your story interests me.
She goes on to tell about what was in the chest.
“It is as if we can reach back into the past. Old papers have a certain musty smell. As we remove the neat little stacks and finger the yellowed sheets, we notice the different styles of handwriting. Some are curly (and rounded), others are straight (and angular), some are scrawled so small it takes a magnifying glass to decipher them.
Here are letters written by my father’s parents and grandparents, and letters written by me many years ago. [Corrie was in her late 70’s early 80’s at the time of this writing].
There are father’s notebooks, with memories, illustrations, and stories he used in his talks. Here is a diary, which mother kept for twenty-five years, and in which she wrote about her children.”
My genealogy began with my earliest ancestor, but my own personal journey began…
When my grandmother passed away, my mom and her siblings were instructed by grandfather to go through the trunks and her things. There were many old, musty, yellowed papers, letters, photos, documents that one aunt started to throw in the already lit fire barrel! If it had not been for our other aunt stopping her– who had just a few months previously had to do the same for her own mother, so she understood the value of all of those old items – we would not know anything of our families history. Who knows what valuable information and photos that we had, that did get thrown into the fire. Like the one letter that was read by two different cousins contained a letter from Betsy Ross to our ancestor Sarah to help her make the flag for our country. No one has seen it since that day back in June of 1970.)
Corrie ten Boom then says this, which I think we need to quote,
“When we dig up the gold of the past, it must be beaten into useful coins for today.”
My challenge to you,
is out of your past,
make useful coins for your today
and for your generations still to arrive.