Lynn Palermo, The Armchair Genealogist, posted a thought-provoking question this week. She asks "What Is Your Story - What Is The Moment You Knew?"
Lynn relates the moment she realized the need to "make time for the more important things in life". Lynn goes on to explain how this reorganization led to her becoming the family historian. At the conclusion she asks "what is your story?"
Interestingly, several months ago on GeneaBloggers I had the privileged of being interviewed for "May I Introduce To You..." by Gini Webb. The first question Gini asked was where your interest in genealogy began.
I have been doing our family history for a little over four years now. It began almost overnight when my entire life changed. The children left the nest and my husband started a job that required him being out-of-town Monday thru Friday. I knew right away I had to find something to occupy my time or go slowly crazy.
My brother, Ken, had been the “family historian” for several years. He was becoming very busy with his children and wasn’t able to spend as much time researching. Having tons of time and looking for a new challenge, I became involved in the family’s history and genealogy.
I soon became so addicted that losing track of time became commonplace. One night while researching one of my husband’s grandfather’s, I came across a story where he was hit by a car and later passed away. Picking up the phone I called my husband (he was in Virginia) to relate this tragic story. He listened for a bit and then said, "Deb, when did he die?" Um, 1928, I replied, to which he said, "Go to bed" And so it goes . .