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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sentimental Sunday :: Ancestor Appreciation Day




In grateful appreciation
of those who came before.


Our ancestral surnames
as seen in this wordle are . . .

Anthony
Barker
Bass
Brackett
Brown
Carter
Davis
Dunaway
Farnum
Fears
Ford
Fulton
Fretwell
Gill
Goodwin
Gregg
Griggs
Henry
Hobbs
Holcomb
Holland
Hooker
Jordan
King
Kirtley
Lakin
Lemaire
Lewis
Mason
Merrill
Muston
Nettles
Newsom
Olive
Porter
Pounders
Quinn
Roberts
Saunders
Sharp
Smith
Thurston
Waring
Weaver
West


I hear the voices of my grandmas
Calling out from a distant past
"Please do not let us be forgot.
Record our stories that we may last."

Tell the children of our wanderings
Let the kinfolk hear the tales
How we braved the new horizons
How we blazed the olden trails.

How we buried too many babies
How we struggled to keep them fed
How we caressed the hands of our loved ones
As they lay dying on their beds.

How we endured many a hardship
With an eye to the future goal
To create a more promising future
And to keep our family whole.

They were as different from each other
As the scraps in a crazy quilt
Yet once the pieces were sewn together
Another generation they had built

I can sense them calling out to me
From the gloaming of my past
"Please do not let us be forgot.
Record our stories that we may last."

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