|Illustration by Yuri Leitch|
That was a number of years ago. He had largely remained silent on the matter - I assumed I wasn't ready to take on the responsibilities of the task, particularly in the time after I was forced from my coven and needed a significant amount of fallow time with my spirituality.
This autumn, I felt a growing pull to start collecting the stories and photos of my family, namely those who had passed. As I approached Samhain I came to understand that this is the beginning of my obligation to Gwynn - my work with the dead starts with my family, telling their stories to keep their memory alive.
Because what is remembered, lives.
I started with a request in a private Facebook group for my father's side of the family, and have begun saving digital copies of the stories and photos I've collected so far. While I was at my parents' for Thanksgiving, I also scanned a number of documents they had, including a family tree that goes back to my 3-times great-grandparents!
This is probably going to be a multi-year project, and I'm kind of excited about that. I'm looking forward to seeing what other interesting stories and revelations about my family I discover along the way. Maybe I'll even take a trip to research my family's lineage! (Or maybe I've been watching too much Who Do You Think You Are? and am overconfident in my ability to afford such a trip!)
I'm not sure what I'll do with the findings - perhaps an ebook to give to my family, or maybe even a fancy website? So many possibilities!
Have you done any research into your family's lineage or stories? What revelatory discoveries did you make?