The landscape seduces with rattling bronze oak leaves, the dark chocolate of the crisping prairie dock, and waving golden grasses. But everywhere, there are dashes of unexpected brightness: a sumac, a maple grove, the multi-colored leaves of goldenrods
The Oaks are Family Trees
For centuries they have been symbols of grandeur, antiquity, and rugged endurance. They have been the subjects of countless proverbs, myths, and poetic allusions. In our region, they are the lords of the land, raising their broad and stout-limbed forms over a varied landscape of moraines, dune ridges, and bottomland. The fossil record suggests the oaks so back at least to the Eocene epoch, 56 to 35 million years ago
I love hearing about my family ancestry. Knowing where they came from and how they lived is important for us to know. Many of the ways we do things had their start with our ancestors. The way we think about things and the way we feel are often affected by them too.
Each of us contributes to our own family and to the world in a unique way. Whether we are rich or poor, famous or unnoticed in history, every family member makes a difference in the life of others. We are all unique people with stories to be recorded—stories that will teach and help future generations.
Just knowing a little bit about family health issues can help future generations too. I know that any doctor I’ve ever been to has asked about that. If they know there might be an inherited problem, then they can keep an eye out for it.
I am not like the oak tree in that I cannot go back in history 35 million years ago but my family tree is important. Our roots mean a lot.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots.
The other is wings.
Hodding Carter, Jr