I don’t know about you, but it isn’t very often that I get a thank you from my family members for my work on our family history. That’s not a complaint. Just a fact. It’s not that my family isn’t grateful and never says thank you. It’s that the amount of time I spend is so massive (they would probably have me committed if they actually knew) and the thank yous that come when stacked up against my hours are fairly infrequent.
But when those thank yous come, they are especially sweet and I try to hang onto them as I work. My sister Tara sent me one recently in an email. It made my day and when I shared it with a fellow genealogist, I jokingly/half-seriously said that I thought I would frame it. She told me in wide-eyed earnestness that I absolutely should.
Here are Tara’s sweet words in response to my email telling her that about the audio recordings of our Grandpa reading children’s books:
“Awesome. This is so exciting! Thanks for being the family historian. I think it’s so amazing how you’ve shared Uncle Darrell’s story. You’ve done a great job and I think Grandma Naomi would be so proud and happy that you’ve told his story and done such an amazing job. And collected everything you could find and put it in one location.”
Does your family express gratitude for your genealogy work? I hope so!
ps – I know it’s Thursday and I usually post a “Tell Me a Story” post. It’s Spring Break for my kiddos and I didn’t have the time for that. But this, this was on my mind. I’ll tell you a story next week. Happy Thursday!!