Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Our Individual Stories
My husband and I had a marvelous trip to Vermont to visit his elderly cousins so I have been absent a while from the blog world. I've missed you all! But it was my birthday and we decided to celebrate by visiting these dear relatives, the last of our relatives in the previous generation. It is a weird thing to think of only a few cousins standing between you and whatever comes next. We tried to soak up their wisdom, their love, their jokes, their stories, so rich now after 90 years of life. We visited old homesteads, old cemetaries, old birthplaces...and my favorite, the old family farm still inhabited by cows and horses and dogs and kitties and green forested hills and filled with a wonderful new young family.
The older I get, the more I appreciate family. The more I appreciate those who came before us. The more I appreciate their struggles and contributions and teachings. Cousin M worked her way through college in the war years working 7 days a week as well as going to college at Middlebury. She became a well known dietician and worked for big corporations like Stouffers and others before moving back "home" to take care of her Mother. Cousin E was in the invasion of Normany and was in combat for 2 straight years without a break. His wife, a lovely British woman, (yes, they met during the war), worked as a radar specialist for the women's auxilary of the British air force. They each have an amazing personal story.
But so do you. Each of us does has amazing personal stories and I have always been fascinated by them. What makes each person the way they are? What causes them to think in a certain way? Why are some people such optimists in spite of huge odds while others live in fear and uncertainty? It is such an interesting subject. What do you think? Is there anything about YOUR STORY you would like to share here?