Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Our Family Roots

I believe that it's important that we all travel forward in our lives with at least a rear view mirror on the past. Understanding our family roots provides a the context by which we view ourselves and our role in this world. Knowing who our ancestors were--and the sacrifices they made to enrich the lives of their children and grandchildren--encourages all of us to lead enriching lives and extend the healthy growth of our family tree. The following quotes explain this much more eloquently than I can:   

A man rising in the world is not concerned with history; he is too busy making it. But a citizen with a fixed place in the community wants to acquire a glorious past just as he acquires antique furniture. By that past he is reassured of his present importance; in it he finds strength to face the dangers that lie in front of him.
Malcolm Cowley

History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.
Robert Penn Warren

After Mom passed away, I spent some on her computer, copying files and photos related to her extensive genealogical research. Over the next few weeks, I'll start putting stories and other items on the blog. Maybe we'll all learn something new about our past.