I put a picture of fallen trees over water on my blog site. Pictures like this seem to have so much to tell.
For me this picture represents how I feel about family history (officially referred to as genealogy). A person’s family history is as varied and useful as these trees’ lives in the photo.
The trees started out young, struggling to survive to find necessities. If they made it they continued to grow and thrive to adulthood. Some even having the strength to produce offspring. Some make it to old age and can then rest and wait out their days in the elements with their memories. Some are struck down too early from unforeseeable events or illness. All however, leave behind something of value, their mark.
The trees in this photo seem to have fallen to some early end. However even in this state they carry on with worth to others. Giving a path that others can use and take to move forward in their lives.
All of this is how I feel about genealogy. We can use our past family history to learn from and embrace what we see today in ourselves and our family. And this all has immeasurable value in knowing the ‘things’ that make us: our traits, health conditions and future possibilities of what we can do and be…it goes on and on, decade after decade. That’s our roots.
What an amazing thing…learning from our past to drive us forward to a better us. And knowing that even when we do fall, future generations will look back and see and learn from us.
And I think we all agree we want to leave them something positive. The value of us. It’s incomparable.