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Do you ever wonder,,,,,,,,

April 10, 2017


Do you ever wonder what our ancestors would think of the world today?  What about all the technology we have now that they did not have?

Today I have been retouching old photos.  Removing the scratches, folds and tear lines.  It can be a tedious undertaking but so worth the effort.  I was working on a photo of my mom and Uncle Harvey taken most likely in the late 1920s.  It had a lot of lines to remove but looks so much better now.

Mom died 24 years ago in 1993.  Not totally before technology was exploding but I don't think she was ever around a computer before she died.  While I was working on the photo I wondered what she would have thought seeing the lines disappear as I worked on the photo on the computer.  What would she have thought about photos even being on a computer and posted to web sites or shared with friends and family across the miles?  Uncle Harvey had passed in the 80s and I am sure he would have been surprised as well.

My grandpa (mom's dad) died in 1922, mom was not quite 2 years old.  I wonder what his reaction would be if he could somehow come back to life today and see the world as it is now?  I think he would be so disappointed with all the hate and anger in the world. He would hate the violence for sure.  It is not the kind of violence from a war, such as the civil war that his father fought in, or WWI that happened in his life time, but just senseless violence because of hate and jealousy.  Violence because someone is not happy with someone else or some thing.  Peaceful solutions seem to have blown away with the wind.

I think all our ancestors would be so disappointed in the world today, especially after they worked and fought to make this a great place for everyone.  How terribly sad that younger generations have forgotten the sacrifices that were made so many years ago to better our country and our world.  How heartbreaking it is to think of what could be, then see the reality of what is.  

Most genealogists will tell you they think about their ancestors often.  We should never forget the sacrifices they made no matter how big or how small, they made many.  I am sure every country in the world had their times of great sacrifice, this is not exclusive to America.  So, let's all take time to reflect and remember.  And then instead of hate, anger and violence, let's make a change for the better.

Until next time,,,,,,,,,


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