A V-formation flock of geese seems to have one member of the group as the leader, but each member takes its turn at the point of the V, leading the way as the others in the formation honk in encouragement. The geese stay together, even when one becomes sick or injured; the group stays with it until it is well enough to continue the journey at its regular pace.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
BURIED BY PAPER
I have seven deep file drawers full of stuff.I don't mean nice orderly files; I mean
tossed in and hope I get to it someday stuff.For more years than I care to mention, I've saved birth announcements,
wedding invitations, funeral programs, letters, obituaries, etc., all written
verifications of people, places, and events in my family.These all contain information I want added to
my family history records.The problem
is I've never added the information; I've just added it to one of these drawers.
I've never treated other data this way.I neatly file tax information, medical
records, when cars are serviced, research on my books, and dozens of other
categories of information.I'm not sure
why or when I adopted the pack rat method of saving family records.I have nephews and nieces, old enough to
marry and start their own families, I haven't added as children of my siblings
yet!I've done a better job of tracking
my ancestors than of keeping a record of my closer family.
Last week a family member asked me a question I couldn't
answer, but I know where the answer is.It's in a little book my sister gave me many years ago that was compiled
by some distant relative of her husband and includes a genealogy record of many
generations of his family.Both my
sister and her husband passed away during the past few years so I can't ask
them.So I began looking for the
book.I'm pretty sure it's in one of my
seven drawers of stuff.
Instead of just looking for the book I want to find; I
decided it's time to sort through my heaps of stuff and get it entered into my
records.So far I've worked my way
through the top four inches of one drawer. I think this may take a long time.