Tuesday, December 17, 2019

52 Ancestors - FUTURE and YOU

NOTE: I have combined the last 2 themes of the year into one. Why not?

Spending so much time researching my ancestors and wondering what they were like has made me wonder what people will remember about me after I’m gone. What will they say?

“Dalla was the best. She always played whatever I wanted to play. Sometimes I would be a Super Hero and she would be a witch with a magic wand.”

“We liked to play hide and seek and ‘Boo’ each other.”

“She had cool toys at her house. If I got tired of something, she’d go buy more. She probably had as many toys as I did.”

“She was so talented. She took an old child’s table and chairs and painted them just for me. I still have them. Maybe one day my kids will play with it.”

“Oh yeah. And she painted our moms’ rocking chairs from when they were little. I still have mine. Do you?”

“Remember how Mom would pluck our head with her finger when we didn’t behave?

“Yeah, and remember that time we were fighting and she banged our heads together?”

“Oh, and remember when we went to Italy, she made us go see all those museums? I don’t remember a thing that I saw.”

“I wonder how many times she watched ‘Anne of Green Gables’ and the Jesse Stone movies. And those stupid Hallmark Christmas movies.”

"The Christmas Eve dinner parties - now those were great. She always made them fun with a different theme every year. Remember when we all had to wear Christmas pajamas? And how about the Grinch year and the 1960s theme. Good times."

“I remember whenever I called her and asked what she was doing, she would say, ‘Oh just working on a little genealogy.’ Did she ever finish?”

“Or she’d say she’s working on a blog. Did you ever read her blog?”

“Well, I do like the family genealogy books she made. Maybe one day I’ll get around to reading them.”

“Oh no! Who will be our Registrar now?”
“Oh no! Who is going to do the newsletter now?”


Amy Johnson Crow continues to challenge genealogy bloggers and non-bloggers alike to think about our ancestors and share a story or photo about them. The challenge is “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

© 2019, Wendy Mathias. All rights reserved.


  1. No, I would remember you like this "she was great at detective work with genealogy and persistent with it. Very patient with it!"

    Cute how you wrote this!

    Merry Christmas!


  2. Here's what I say about my mom now that she is gone, "I wish I'd listened more when she told family stories."

  3. Now I'm wondering what they'll say when I'm gone

  4. Good ideas here...and nice to consider the opinions others might have of you. The genealogy bug may skip a generation, I think.

  5. I wonder how much my children read my blog or if they do, how much they care. I love the way you put this post together!