I’ve been looking to add things to my weeks of the ancestors. Things I’d never thought of from different cultures, things I just never thought of. So to do this I’ve been asking some friends about things I should add.
One of them said telling stories of my ancestors.
The thing is a) I have no one to tell the stories to b) my family doesn’t like to talk much about things the others have done. A lot of them don’t understand the remembering the dead thing. As my mother has said “they are dead, so what?”. Because of where a lot of my family is buried I cannot go to their graves, my one grand parent in ottawa, 2 others in Chapleau, and the last is still alive. My great uncle that I knew is up in Thunder Bay, as you see there is a lot of distance that my family has traveled over time. As I get the chance to visit these areas I do go check on the graves, ensure there is nothing wrong and no damage has been done, it’s the best I can do.
However I went to see my Grandma on a visit, I hadn’t seen her in a while and I was missing her birthday dinner, so since it was her birthday visit I chose not to dwell on the past for her. When I was about to leave, while she was indisposed I was looking at the pictures around her room and saw one of her brother Armond. I have been working on a calendar of birth and death dates to bring my worship through the rest of the year and found the one of him. It had his birthday and date he joined the ancestors. Feb 25th and Feb 9th respectively. Apparently that was the information I was supposed to go find!
So he has now been added and things slowly evolve as I look for a better time than a week after my Grandma’s birthday to ask her more questions.