Re: [S-R] Re: Why do we do this?
- Beautifully said, Melissa. I empathisize with you.
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From: "MA Bensh" <mabensh@...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 10:44 PM
Subject: [S-R] Re: Why do we do this?
> From childhood, I have always been interested in
> finding out more about our family.
> Perhaps, it was because I only had one grandparent on
> each side that I can remember. Perhaps, it is because
> my gf was orphaned at age 9. Perhaps, it was because
> I rarely saw those gps and when I did they seemed like
> strangers to me, especially my gm, who spoke broken
> English. Perhaps, it is because I rarely saw aunts
> and uncles on both sides and never met cousins - 1st,
> 2nd and otherwise - who lived less than 2 hours away.
> Perhaps, it was because every holiday was spent, just
> the four of us - my mom, my dad, my brother and me.
> I envied friends who had an extended family. I envied
> friends who knew what nationality they were. I envied
> friends who had ethnic customs and traditions that
> were enjoyed at holidays and passed down through
> Always, I yearned for some kind of connection to
> someone, some place. There were telltale signs. As a
> child, I read historical fiction books. As a young
> adult, I majored in history in college.
> Now, I major in history again - my family history. I
> am determined to seek out that information that has
> long been hidden from me, from my family. I will
> carefully wade through the layers of dust and neglect
> to locate those records (personal and official) that
> have kept our history a secret. There is much to
> discover, but I want to be able to reveal our history
> for myself, my brother, my mom and my son because
> family is one of the few true legacies we inherit.
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