Monday, August 6, 2018

Family History fills my days

It has been hot and rainy here for the past month.  I mean HOT and lots of showers in the afternoon.

So, given that the steamy weather continues, I have taken on a project of Epic proportions.  It's been quietly waiting for me....loads of photos, a dear Sister-in-law that has been doing research along with me, and pile of genealogy left to me by my Aunt, who recently died at 104.5!  It is such a gift to have all of the family history, and it is a pleasure to bring it up to date.  This has filled my days.

all these albums are now filled with the family history,

Albums waiting to be filled

A snug corner to work in, with all that I need for creating albums

Discovering identities from photos long forgotten is a challenge.
But...the opportunity to know who these people were and their interesting journey
of Immigration is a joy.    None were rich, nor educated.  Many spoke another language, or
had such a brogue, that they could not be understood easily.
Some were prisoners of war, who became indentured servants in America in the mid1600's.
Their skills were lacking, but their determination to 'make it' in this country, to survive,
is a solid reminder of how we all need to turn around and
lend a hand to the next generation of immigrants.
Everyone in America came from somewhere else.
This has been an emotional experience for me to discover that
all of my relatives were fleeing religious persecution, or were prisoners of war,
or starving in their own countries.  America was their salvation.
Something for all of us to think about!

I had to use a few extra surfaces (like Beds!) because I ran out of room.
Good thing we don't get a lot of guests in the summertime.

Piles of photos of our immediate family
await future albums.
I laugh at how many photos we have compared to
generations past.  I tried to cover every moment of
my life with Sweet Hubby & Kiddos.

I look over at the drawing board, and my work still sits there, waiting for me to get back to it.  So far, I have filled six albums of information, some being sent off to siblings. I have worked on a self published photo book with the "Who's Who" in our family, to be printed professionally.

It's not that I haven't been outside each day...I do!  I walk every day and find beautiful plants as I make my way around my neighborhood.  My neighbor invites me over to see her lemon tree, which is hanging so low, it can hardly NOT fall over.  But the fruit is still too green, so we wait in anticipation for lemonade!  But, she has other beauties growing.....

Nope - not lemons....but beautiful in this deep shade.

White Bird of Paradise
A stunning beauty, for sure!

And lastly, this summer, I have lost dear friends, family, and children of friends.  My heart aches, on many days, and I light candles and remember them.  Some were shot down, some were too young, some were just such great individuals (actually, each and every one was G-d's perfection).  Life is hard and I am reminded of that daily.  So, I close with a candle and a Kaddish - a prayer of remembrance for all those who have lost someone near and dear, recently.  Please be you never know if it is your last day on this earth...or someone else.


At the rising of the sun and the going down
We remember them
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
We remember them
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring
We remember them
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer
We remember them
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of the autumn
We remember them
At the beginning of the year and when it ends
We remember them
As long as we live, they too will live 
For they are now a part of us as 
We remember them.

written by:
Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer

Peace * Harmony * Laughter *Love