We have a video recording of a family reunion back in the early 80s. At one point, I have lugged out my family history binders and am “entertaining” my kin with the fruits of my genealogical labors. My zeal is obvious, but so is the indifference of my audience, by the glazed-over looks and the obvious lack of any enthusiastic follow-up.
Genealogy can be addictive, an obsession to those who have been bitten by the genealogy bug; but there can be nothing more stultifying than listening to someone telling stories of ancestors you aren’t familiar with and don’t get the importance of learning about them.
I have at times referred to my genealogy habit as my best weight-loss tool, for when I am in the thick of the hunt, I don’t think of anything else (like dinner or diapers or time…) It’s a very Zen-like state!
That’s why I had to put aside my hobby for a few years, or at least not allow it to take precedence in my life.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven~ Eccles. 3:1
But now, with kids grown and retirement looming on the horizon, I am once again a Genealogical Zealot!
Thank you for playing along with this A-Z Challenge. I hope you were able to gain some insights into the pursuit of one’s family history and have been entertained by some of my own family vignettes. Happy Hunting!