I’m stretching myself technologically with this blog thing. Curiosity got the better of this cat and I’m forcing myself to jump in after thinking about it for way too long. This is a test, an experiment of sorts. Testing the waters of blogging as a venue for sharing my genealogy projects and discoveries. It is my hope that as I process these discoveries I will gain a new level of insight and understanding of the ties that bind families together across the generations . And if I’m lucky, I will uncover a skeleton or two along the way. They say dead men tell tales. I’m counting on that!
Now for the explanation of the family picture that serves as my header. My great-uncle Albert Link, my grandmother John Elsie Link (yes John—that was not a typo, another blog topic to come), and my great-uncle Lester Waite Link along with their parents Estelle Mae Snader and John Luther Link. I have an interesting family. Humor is the glue that holds us together. We laugh until we cry then we laugh some more. Then every time we rehash that story , we laugh and cry all over again. The humor draws us in and makes us members of a tight group. I don’t analyze this phenomenon, I experience it without really understanding it.
When I picked up this picture of my grandmother and her family, I experienced a revelation and in an instant I understood why Dad and his siblings related in that way and why my family bonds that way also. I see all of us in that picture—we are family still regardless of time and death. We are family. And we laugh and we live life to the fullest and we hang on to each other tightly, with love and we don’t let go because we are family. We also grab life by the tail and we enjoy the ride! Because when all has been said and done, we will have an awesome story to tell!
So the love and life in this old fading picture reflects the legacy left to us by the Links and the Snaders. They are kin and they might be dead but they live on where it counts.