This post was actually inspired by another blogger’s post:
I have run across several people who do genealogy. If you do any research into family history, you will eventually run across things like this more often than not. It’s one of those things that we usually try not to think about (in my opinion) because it isn’t productive and can be depressing.
But if you really think about it…..How many of us actually remember 4 generations ago?
My kids don’t know my grandmother because she died when I was 12. I have great memories of her and a few pictures too. However it takes more than pictures and stories to link the next generation to someone who was special to their parents.
this is a photo from a similar blog that might interest some:
Someone born in 1825 such as the lady, Sarah, in Lyndamichele’s blog post probably doesn’t have anyone directly tied to her with enough personal memories to keep the headstone readable….it’s disturbing to think that we have that to look forward to…
but those we love are the ones that remember us. When the people who knew us are gone…well…we are just a page in a diary or journal, or a headstone marking our final resting place….
time heals…time helps things disappear….and when time passes so quickly as it seems to in these modern times of technology, other memories fade as well….Generations later, a kind soul who knew people or was a great part of the community in some small (maybe even invisible way) or who gets curious about the history of their descendants finds treasures like these and some even take an interest in restoring them if they can afford it….why? Simply because they are family…..Family does mean something…even if it takes a few generations to remember that….
and in the mean time, what lies beneath each fading stone (in my opinion) is just the shell of what we once were….(though it is good to be remembered) I think the spirit lives on which opens up a whole other blog post when you start talking about the afterlife…. so… feel free to leave a comment on your genealogy experience or just regarding what I have to say… 🙂