Ancestor Appreciation Day

It’s Ancestor Appreciation Day!A Family Tree

In 1959, the
October issue of Saturday Evening Post had a cover drawn by artist extraordinaire Norman Rockwell. He did many covers for that magazine. I’ve always loved his detailed work, loved too that he recycled faces. A face might be a shopkeeper in one painting and a child’s doll in the next.

That particular Saturday Evening Post cover featured a symbolic American family tree. Norman’s concept tree had branches sporting a Fur trapper and Plains Indian, a Yankee and Confederate, a ladybird (prostitute) and buccaneer, an outlaw and saloon gal, and more. They all distill down to a cute freckled-face, red-haired, boy, presumably the artist himself. In that entertaining artwork, he shows there’s a complexity to one’s heritage. Mine goes back to the first European footfalls on the new continent on one side of the family, and second generation American on the other. My husband’s goes back to the days of knights on one side and nothing but a dead end with an impassable brick wall on the other.

Genealogy often turns up surprises. My husband has found many on all side of our collective tree. History buff that I am, I know the times in which my ancestors lived. I can so clearly see their struggles to just simply survive. And yet they did. All that I am, I owe to those who came before. I give my thanks. This quote from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 fits my sentiment perfectly:

“A dwarf on a giant’s shoulders sees the farthest of the two.”

Genealogy Links to get you started.

A wonderful resource.


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For 100 days,
I’m posting a little something from my chosen topic of Words & Quotes of Love. There are 73 entries to come! Here’s one for today:

“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.”

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti


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Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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1 Response to Ancestor Appreciation Day

  1. mikey2ct says:

    Great post! I bookmarked 3 years ago. There are many issues involved. One is my paternal grandfather who died in 1960. He was born in Cracow in 1880 and city hall burned down in like 1888.

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