Family Tree Surprise
Ancestral studies rarely enticed me, that is until now! My granddaughter, Sookie, created a family tree for her classroom assignment. Emails between our families flew back and forth this week as she gathered information to complete her homework. That’s when we discovered a surprise.
Eight years ago, my daughter, Sookie’s mom, declared during her pregnancy that if she delivers a girl, her name will be Susanna and we’ll call her Sookie for fun. We learned this week that my husband’s great grandmother’s name was Susanna, spelled like our Susanna’s with an “s”, the Hebrew version. I wish I knew more about her! Why such a strong urge on my daughter’s part for that particular name?
But that’s not all.
When my daughter expected her second baby, she declared: “If it’s a boy, I really think we should name him Samuel.”
Now I Have the Chills
We learned this week that great grandmother Susanna married great grandfather, Samuel! We remarked that these inclinations are too weird! We never knew these people or their names!
Families…the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
We chose their names not knowing them. But I glance at the family tree and reflect about the similarities that I do know of that passed down through generations. Like any family, ours reveals weaknesses, strengths and quirks.
We’re known for power naps on my dad’s side.
We trace creativity in my mom’s family.
Both my parents and Tom's mom suffered migraines.
Females in my mom’s lineage experienced weak knee joints in their golden years.
We get humor from my mother and Tom’s dad and melancholy depth from my dad and his mom.
The list goes on and on. Some things we proudly boast of in our families and some things make us want to crawl under the covers in embarrassment.
I found a verse in the Bible during my study today that I long to see in generational lines to follow. I pray that when we’re thought of, it can be said of us that we are people of integrity.
The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him.
What about you? Any surprises in your family tree?