A Precious Piece of Family History
--by wayfarer, posted Jun 23, 2008
I'm a bit of a family historian (not that we have much of a history outside coal mining in Scotland and farming in Ireland.)
One of my most precious possessions, which probably dates from about 1915, is a family portrait. My great grandmother sits on a chair all stiff and formal with her brood of babies around her feet and on her knees. My great grandfather stands behind her the picture of authorirty, but he is actually standing on "tin" legs after an accident with a railway truck.
One-by-one the people in the picture left this world. My gran died aged 82, but in this picture she is about 3 forever. One of her sisters, Lena, outlived all her siblings by quite some way.
Going to visit Lena not long before she died it occurred to me that she might not have seen this picture for many decades. So I made a copy, framed it and took it along as a gift. Unfortunately, by this time she had only the vaguest recollection of who I was and hardly seemed to notice the gift. But her son told me she really liked it and had it placed on her bedside cabinet.
Shortly afterwards she left this world, aged 94, and I was told the family photo was on her bed when she died. She was the last of that group of eleven to go and I like to think, in those last minutes, the family called her home.
You r very lucky to know your family history and have a picture of some of your ancestors; I, unfortunately, don't have such a treasure with me!
What u did for ur grandaunt, Lena was the most loving gesture and there couldn't be a more precious gift than the one u gave her! How very thoughtful and sweet of u!! Wish I had a relative like u!!
You made Aunt Lena's journey to her own family up there so easy, comfortable and memorable!!
And, by doing this, u created a very special memory for yourself!! (As I'm writing this, I'm inspired to post a a line or two, pl check.)
You are a wonderful human being! :)