We Are All Part of a Legacy

How far back can you trace your family? What was their life like? What else do you know? Tell a story, share an old family photo or draw your family tree. If you know nothing, ask a relative for some history to share.

Legacy.  What is a legacy?  One definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary is “something that happened in the past or that comes from someone in the past.”  We are all legacies as we were born and grew up in someone’s past.  We also have others who will be our legacies.  My siblings and I are our parent’s legacy.  My two stepdaughters are my husband’s.

My father’s parents (my grandparents) have left a very large legacy.  My dad was one of five sons (two died as children) and seven daughters.  Today, only he, two uncles and two aunts remain.  The others have left the story of my grandparent’s legacy.  Yet their children carry the legacy forward, and along with them their children.

I watch this legacy as it moves forward on a Facebook page established by some of my cousins.  The page portrays all of us as our grandparent’s legacy in the posting of pictures from the past and present, and sharing known facts on the family and how it came to be in the United States

The first history lesson posted was from one of the aunts.  In the post it notes that our great, great, great (however many) grandfather and his brother immigrated from the village of Graben, Germany to Worms, South Russia in the 1800’s.  From another posting, on April 6, 1904 my great, great, great (again however many) grandmother who was 16 at the time arrived with her family to America via Ellis Island on the ship, SS Kaiser Wilhelm II.  They traveled to be with family in North Dakota.

There have been no further postings to bring the legacy forward to my grandparents.  Hopefully one of us who are part of this legacy will find another piece to the puzzle, and share.  For now, there are other postings of pictures taken at family picnics over the years, occasions for celebration, and even those of sadness when the next family member leaves the story of this legacy.

The legacy will continue forward.  Of that there is no doubt.

This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox
Today’s prompt: “Dig Into Your Roots.”

First Line

Pretend you’re writing your autobiography. Give us your first line, a first chapter, or even just an image. What’s the story of you?

This is the first assignment for #ThinkKit16.  As I read this, many lines came to mind.  “I am the eldest of four children (three daughters and one son) of a steelworker father and stay-at-home mother.”  “I grew up the introverted child of four.”  And on and on.  As I continued to run these lines through my head the ones that finally presented are as follows:

“My life has been a journey and an adventure.  I have traveled to many parts of this country for my career.  My path has crossed many lives some of which I am honored to call my friends, some acquaintances, others learning experiences.  I have learned and grown lots, and have more learning and growing to do.  I am not done yet.”

These would be the first lines of the story of me!  More to come…

“If Not Now, When?”

I heard this quote on a commercial from Oprah Winfrey for WeightWatchers.  What she said hit home.  I have been thinking for awhile on several things mainly regarding me.  2016 must be a year of change for me.  I need to be selfish for me as much as I need to though others may not understand.  Having a career, maintaining a household and being a caregiver makes it challenging and stressful.  I have no one to talk to about all of what I deal with and feel.  I am on my own and have to find a way to get through whatever life throws at me.  It is not easy but I must find a way without losing my sanity.

Beginnings

Merry Christmas 2015!  I decided to establish a blog.  First to help me improve on my expression in writing (I mostly write technical stuff like desktop instructions, or guidelines to help my end users).  Second as I signed up for @ThinkKit to participate in something out of my comfort zone.  I am not the literary in the family.  As I said I am more technical.  I hope to improve on the former with this endeavor.  Wish me luck!