Wow, what a ride. From, the rouge esoteric corners of language and explorations of words, to the far reaches of the universe and few fictional places in between, I learned a lot about Japanese culture from Alex and had a nice traipse through the state of Maine with Sayling Away. Need some tips on your writing? Stop by the Write on Sisters. it’s been an amazing journey on my first A-to-Z challenge. If you enjoy some good female monsters or little Geek Pastiche you can check out Part-time Monster and Sourcerer. Thanks for the ride everyone it has been fun, entertaining, educational and enlightening. An incredible journey shared with old friends and new. If you want to check out all the amazing blogs that I visited and did not mention or ones that I was not able to visit just because there were over 1600 blogs participating, you can find them at the A-to-Z April 2015 Sign-up page.
It is my hope that my shared memories and thoughts passed along to me by my Grandma can help and encourage you in some small way. If you found the posts interesting or helpful, please share them with your friends and family. If there are topics or questions you would like to see me cover, drop me an email or a comment. I sometimes miss things on Twitter, but I stop by there every day or two. Thanks to all who stopped by to read and like the posts, but a special warm thank you to those who took time to comment. I am still a bit behind on my commenting on other blogs for the A-to-Z, but I will catch up in the next few days. Have an #AWESOME Friday and an amazing weekend.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but is the parent of all the others. – Cicerio
Zachariah was my 3rd cousin way up the family tree somewhere. Knowing where you came from is important. Your roots, your heritage, part of what defines you is wrapped up in from whence you came. My family originally came over from Wales. Dad traced the family roots back 6 or 7 generations. Grandma had a list of marriages, births and deaths in the front of her bible. Family was very important to her and she taught me several important lessons about family. One is that don’t get to choose your family. You’re stuck with what you are given, which is why choosing your friends is so important, because you do get to choose them. Since you can’t choose your family, you best learn to live with them. Sometimes distance helps with this. A lot of genealogy is boring, but the rest I find fascinating. Dig a little and see what you find. I learned a little about Zach from genealogy, but I never met my 3rd cousin Zachariah.
My Family Tree – image: http://clipartpanda.com
You are important. Grandma never said those words exactly, but she demonstrated it every day I spent with her. She always took time to listen to me. She always made time to cook and bake my favorite foods. She also made sure that it was not just me that is important, but you too. None of us is the center of universe, but each of us provide a unique perspective on the world and are important in our own way. Teaching me to share with my cousins, my friends in the neighborhood and even my brother, was her way of teaching me the importance of you.
eXplore. Ok, I had to use a little creative license here 🙂 During the summers I spent with my grandparents, Grandma encouraged me to roam the countryside when checking on the cows and pigs. There was a continual flow of new experiences, new books, new animals, plants, places etc. Grandma, especially would urge me to tell her about my great adventures, and then ask questions. This caused me to have a love of exploring, not just new places, but people, things, languages, food. animals, well everything. She instilled in me an insatiable curiosity to learn. What new things are waiting for you to eXplore?