A while back I mentioned that I had ordered the book, To Our Children’s Children.
As I read through the questions, which are excellent at jogging my memory, I happened to think how nice it would be to have my uncle answer the questions also. He doesn’t have children but his history is pretty much the same as my history since his parents are my grandparents. When my aunt and uncle were here in April, I asked him about answering the questions and he agreed so I had a copy of the book sent to him.
I figured it would take months or even a year or so to get the info . . I won’t tell you how far I’ve gotten with my answers!
When Chad was in Louisiana on his way here (I know . . Missouri to Texas doesn’t normally take you through Louisiana unless you’re wanting to fill your freezer with shrimp and cajun food). Chad, Nicole and Addie were going to have lunch with my aunt and uncle and they had called and told me they had the questions answered and some more things they were sending and they would give it to Chad.
My uncle was a school teacher, then a school principal, then he was an administrator with the school board central office in our home parish (no counties in Louisiana). I think he retired from the school board and then he went to work as Executive Director for an organization in Lake Charles. Every month, my uncle wrote an article for the group’s newsletter.
So many of his articles include family history and things my uncle remembered. He included a whole box full of those newsletters! Honestly, I was just a bit teary and wimpy after Chad, Nicole and Addie had left so I haven’t gotten very far through these but oh, what a family treasure my uncle’s articles will be.
The newsletter on top is the article my uncle wrote after my grandmother died in 1998. Can you see the headline – “Mother was the best mother one could have.”
Remember . . I told you how much I loved being at my grandparents’ farm. My grandmother was the best grandmother ever! I hope I’ll be half as good of a grandmother to Addie as my grandmother was to me. I hope Addie will have special memories of time with me like I have of my time with my grandma.
Reading my uncle’s responses to the questions in the book, and reading his memories in the newsletter, I will learn a whole lot about my history, and it will be preserved for Chad and for his children to read and remember. That makes me very happy!