I saw a social media post that said we ‘find’ our family again that we had three generations ago. To me, this means that so many years have gone by, that our past has been erased. It takes on a new form that we are invited to investigate, if we want. I think there might be something to this. I also found if we do not know our history and write it down, it will be lost in three generations. So, maybe it is my job to do this- to move toward a direction that might help make the dreams of my past a reality.
I went to Rustico in Prince Edward Island years ago- the place my great grandmother came from. I did not expect to, but I did feel a special connection to the area.
I think about her often since then- what would she be doing today? Would she think of me, maybe as a friend or have a special task for me? Maybe she would be like the rest of my family.
Her is a picture of her and me:
My other great grandmother was from Nova Scotia. I was reading her memoirs. She was born in a small village in Nova Scotia at the end of the eighteenth century. She goes on to explain that she does not have her birth certificate due to an explosion in the harbor, which destroyed paperwork, and she thinks it is in Ottawa.
Even though I am not a CA citizen, I have many ties to the country and have been to CA many times, visiting most of the major cities. There, I have researched my genealogy, attended festivals and areas where I might have historical connections, including monuments, cemeteries, and museums. I have seen how changes in power and other situations like the pandemic have affected CA-US relations. My ancestors have served in CA military, CA political positions and they’re some of the first CA settlers. Maybe I can preserve some of this history by making my mission and vision for this website a reality; if not for me, for my kids and their grandkids, more than a hundred years from now.
“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that… there are many kinds of magic, after all.”
― Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus)