It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Chapter 8, Page 12, Book 18

We all grow up with the weight of history on us.  Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.

Shirley Abbott

We are all similar, yet we are unique

To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities.

Frank Delaney

I know very little about my ancestors but I do know they, more than not, came from England, Ireland, Germany, Hungary and France.  There could have been some that were Scottish and Dutch too.  I even discovered an American Indian in my maternal grandmothers family tree. I could only hope to know more about their lives.  

One thing I know for sure, maybe two, is that with the exception of the American Indian, they were all immigrants to the United States and where would I be without them.

I’m thinking that they had to have been courageous and adventuresome people to have left where they came from and travel to a virtually brand new country.  I only wish I knew what circumstance brought them here.

My dad said that his mother came from Hungary to join her husband and came through Ellis Island which is well known for processing immigrants into the US.  The story of how they met and why they choose to live here is unknown.  

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

Maya Angelou

Yet for all the unknowns, they are all a part of me.  They make up my DNA.  They say that we’re all 99.9 percent alike .  Of the 3 billion base pairs in the human genome, only 0.1 percent are unique to us.  What that 0.1 percent is still what makes us unique, it means we’re all more similar than we are different.

I think it is good to remember those similarities as well to celebrate our differences.  We live in a world that is a rich blend of cultural traditions that all have something contribute to our way of life.  

Our history begins before we are born.  We represent the hereditary influences of our race and our ancestors virtually live in us.

James Nasmyth


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm proud to be an American !

jack69 said...

I like this. I tried once to trace my ancestors, the tree got too big. Americans see to know What the country of their ancestors is, but the circumstances, no. Oh yes I would love to know a lot more.
Good entry.. Makes one think!
Sherry & jack

betty said...

It is so true that we are more alike than we are different. In a few weeks I'll be going to a family wedding where some relatives on my dad's side of the family will be there. I have a few questions about that side that I'm hoping this person can answer as there aren't too many left alive that knew him and all are getting up in advanced years.


peggy said...

Very interesting. Tracing your ancestors can be a lot of work but worth it as long as you like or understand why they did what they did.

Mevely317 said...

My immediate ancestors were careful to chronicle dates and who's who. Yet, there are days I catch myself fantasizing how so-and-so may have spent his/her free time … what made them smile … what did they dream about? How much am I really like them? You know … stuff.

We're so blessed to have this venue (Blogger) where we can share our thoughts and tell our stories … so someday a great-great-grand won't have to wonder.

Rick Watson said...

Maya said it well.


my husband is an amateur geneologist who is interested in such things. I find it all fascinating. "We are all similar, yet we are unique."