Hello, Future Grandson

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"You can't be a pimp and a prostitute, too."
White Stripes / Icky Thump

Posted on September 14, 2007 12:57 AM in Personal
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Now that I'm getting older and thinking about starting a family in the next couple of years, I've been thinking about my family and my ancestors a bit more. Unfortunately, most of what I know about my ancestors is limited to childhood memories or stories I remember hearing from my parents or grandparents. I know quite a bit about who 3/4 of my grandparents were as people, but mostly in terms of how they interacted with me when I was younger. I don't know nearly as much about who they were as individuals, what they thought about life, politics, etc. At this point, with 3/4 of my grandparents no longer alive, I really don't have many options for reconciling that.

Therefore, it's very interesting to think about how the future will be completely different — not for me, but for my children, their children, and so on. Everything I've written here on this blog, many of the comments I've contributed around the web and other artifacts like the photos I've taken and the music I've listened to could very easily be available to my children and their grandchildren.

I kind of envy them for that, but I'm happy that they'll have the additional information. I think there's something really important about knowing your history and the story of your family, even if only for sentimental or existential reasons.

So grandson and/or granddaughter, if you're reading this, take a look around. I hope you're proud of what you see.

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