Eye of the Beholder
From: Ann Ellen Barr firstname.lastname@example.org
RE: Family Tree's Bad Apples Can Be a Shock
In response to your column, I notice that it sometimes is in the "eye of
the beholder" whether grandfather was a drunk or just liked to hoist a few.
To one person a drink at any time is being a "drinker"; to another
having a few socially or after work having a few beers is not out of the
ordinary. How do we phrase this and are we to judge when we were not there? Just
my thoughts, since one person says he had a drinking problem, the other that he
enjoyed a few. Ah, so it goes.
I would not draw a conclusion, since I wasn't
there. I would clearly state the two points of view, quoting wherever possible
and let the reader draw his/her own conclusions.
PS - [Does this possibly qualify for my
"shortest column in recorded history" award?]
Happy family tree climbing!
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