This morning I attended my husband’s great Aunt’s funeral. Margie Morgan lived to be 95 years young. She was born in the small town of Dayton, Oregon. She lived there, taught there, raised a family and then died there. I never met Margie Morgan, but from the words of those who knew her, she was an amazing woman who made everyone around her feel loved and cared for.
It was a sad day for many because the passing of Margie represented the final passing of the last member of that generation within that family. She was one of five children whom you can bet are all playing penochle upstairs in heaven. The great beauty is that new life has followed them. My husband was brought to tears remembering his great Aunt, and hardly a day goes by when he doesn’t bring up a remembrance of Margie’s sister, his own, late grandmother whom he misses so dearly.
We strive to follow in their footsteps, yet chase our own dreams all the while. Times are no doubt different than they were back then. Some things have improved, some have gone down hill. Materialistically, we have more now than they did back then, but I can’t say we have more spiritually, and I’m not talking in the religious sense. That generation lived through so much and all that’s left is their spirit. Luckily, their spirit is something we can take forward with us, no matter what we do. But it’s time to make our own legacies, be the influencers, role models, movers and shakers.
Nostalgia is sometimes looked down upon as being cliche, overdone or stagnant. The book I am working on is nostalgic but it’s my attempt to carry the spirit of my ancestors forward in my own legacy. We don’t have to step backwards or be just like them. But can’t we at least remember them and bring a little of their lives into ours, even just to remind us, that for good or bad, this too shall pass, and when it does, I hope the world is better for me being here.
Moving forward, what will you want your grandchildren to say about you and how will you carry the richness of your ancestors to future generations?