The younger generation
In going through my step-mother's papers, my niece found wedding notes kept by
Gramma, who was the mother of the groom. With my niece's own wedding so fresh in
her mind, this treasure trove about her parent's wedding was a delight and
includes things like:
-- Little receipts for table cloths and candles
-- Lists with most items checked off
-- A few diary-type entries on slips of papers
-- Photos (not yet labeled)
-- Invitations & a few unused thank-you cards
On my return from touring the proposed skilled nursing facility for my
step-mother, Ash could hardly wait to share her excitement about the treasures
she has found. This sweet gal is a young mother, and oddly enough this past
weekend she and I poured over her wedding pictures and reminisced about her
special day. She and her husband have been the principle care givers in my
parent's household these past few months.
My niece is feeling a sense of contact with history -- and she even called it
Among the items were informal "instant" Polaroid snapshots, which have faded and
discolored over the past 30 years. Scanning to preserve these images is well
within my niece's capability. So, it looks like the family history torch has
been passed to the younger generation on this side of the family.
Ol' Myrt is thankful for these traces of happier days which serve as a breath of
fresh air during this difficult time of transition. As many readers have
experienced assuming leadership roles, deciding about advanced care of a spouse
or parents, you know what my siblings and I are going through. It is an
understatement to say it is hard to switch parent-child roles with one's own
parents. Your thoughts and kind emails have been a great support.
I am looking forward to a brief return to Salt Lake for my sister's wedding, and
to speak Saturday at the Utah Valley PAF Users Group on the subject of "Getting
from indexes to original documents."
Happy family tree climbing!