We Will Laugh About it Later Stories

We Will Laugh About it Later Stories

Childhood memories can be a mixture of happy and sad. Often those horrible "we-will-laugh-about-it-later" stories can become one of our fondest memories. My husband and I are not big kidders or teasers with each other - we were that  couple that didn't smear wedding cake into each others face. That's why this "tradition" is so strange for us. We use to have this big huge rubber  life-like spider, don't where we got it or how this even began, but my husband would hide it, where I would least expect it and I of course would jump and scream. This was all well and fine - until that fateful day when we were house hunting in a rural Pennsylvania's old farmhouse basement. The basement was unfinished and there was a hole in the foundation wall that lead to what was basically a huge dirt pile; as I leaned my head in to view it - the home owner, said "Um, I think you should slowly back away." And, I am all, "huh?'  I was very articulate then. The owner grabs my arm and pulls me away from the Continue reading

Family History Clues Found in our Food

The food we eat is often based on our culture, our ethnicity and geography - all great clues for a genealogist. Take my family for example, my mom never learned about cooking from her mother, who died when my mom was only 13. Even though we did not grow up with a lot of family recipes handed down through the generations, there were still clues about who we are, where our family was from and our culture.As a child at Christmas time, every year in our stockings we got a coconut. I thought Santa brought everyone coconuts. Didn’t really know what to do with the coconut and the fun was taking the hammer to smash it open. It wasn’t until years later, that my mother mentioned that her family got a box every Christmas from her mother’s family in Hawaii. The box always contained coconuts and a hand-woven hat made from palm frons that my grandmother would wear while gardening. You can see my grandmother wearing one of the hats in the picture on the left located in the Family Cherished blog Continue reading