Time after time

by statia on December 18, 2003

I’m sure at one point in our lives, we’ve all wondered how things would be, if our past was different. More specifically, if things had turned out different for our predecessors. I’ve said before how the one person I’d want to meet dead or alive would be my grandmother. I always wonder how things would have been if my paternal grandparents had lived long enough to see their grandchildren be born. What things would have been like if I had gotten to experience them being alive. Would I be different?

I always feel like I’d gotten screwed on the grandparent front. Both of my paternal grandparents died when my dad was rather young. My maternal grandparents divorced when my mother was little. I met my grandfather maybe 3 times. He died in 93. My grandmother…. well, lets just say that she’s not exactly the most pleasant person in the world. Her parents died when she was young as well. It was during the depression, and there were three girls. They ended up having to go to an orphanage because no one in the family could take all three of them. They just couldn’t afford it. I’m sure you know that “orphanages” back in that time period were run by nuns, and the nuns weren’t exactly warm and cozy parental figures. Now, I’d like to point out that out of all three girls, she’s the only one who ended up bitter. I only vaguely remember the one sister, who died when I was about 7 or 8. My other aunt, who’s the oldest, is one of the sweetest people.

I wondered the other day how they would have turned out, had their parents not died. I wonder what my great grandparents were like. Every now and then, I get a bug up my ass want to get into my family history. I usually get like that with my dads side. I don’t know why I don’t really question things on my mothers side as much. It doesn’t last long though, geneaology is a bitch.


matt December 18, 2003 at 9:27 am

there is a lot about my dad’s side of the family that i don’t know. i may never know. i don’t feel very tied to my history, i’m sure it’s just a coping method.

Adelle December 18, 2003 at 11:46 am

Why don’t you try to research it? I know sometimes it is not easy, but you never know.

Even as messed up as most of my grandparents were, it does always make for some interesting stories!

jim December 18, 2003 at 11:51 am

“genealolgy is a bitch”…another good reason why everyone should maintain a blog!

David December 19, 2003 at 10:19 am

i never met either of my grandfathers, but my grandma remarried, so i guess that would make him a step gradfather

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