For Christmas I bought my husband a DNA testing kits from Ancestry. Com. He anxiously awaits the results to see what heritage he is and to see if there are any DNA matches to some long last relative from the past.
Finding our roots has been a quest for many of us as we want to know where we came from and why we look and act the way we do. Recently I watched episodes of “Long Lost Family”; a TV documentary show that helps provide aid to individuals looking to be reunited with their long lost family members. Tears flowed as parents who gave up children for adoption were reunited with their children years later.
What is it in our makeup that makes us want to know where we came from and to be a part of a loving family? Thomas Merton wrote “ We do not exist for ourselves alone, and it is only when we are fully convinced of this fact that we begin to love ourselves and others”.
So how does this quote apply to us at Silveridge? We live in a senior park and as seniors we have had a full life; we all have a story to tell! Here are a couple ideas to apply your story for the good of others in our park.
How about someone starting a Journaling class with instructions on how to write your story? Can you imagine the stories; some funny, some sad and some secrets?? Not only would this be a book of memories for you but also for future generations to read.
This summer Jeff and I are starting our own Genealogy book, complete with stories and photos of our ancestors.
(Shutterfly has a great program that is easy to follow) I have challenged Mom to come up with some stories and write them down. One example Mom shared was that my Great Grandma skated on the Zuider Zee (the southern Sea) in Holland and sold hot chocolate to her fellow skaters! (How often do we say “If only I had asked my relatives to tell me more.)”
The Computer Club offers a genealogy class every Monday at 10:00 in the Computer Technology room.
How lucky we are to have knowledgeable teachers who are willing to volunteer their time in leading a class to help others! I challenge you to be the one to reach out with whatever is a good fit for you.
Recently I met with some of the newcomers in our park. How enjoyable to learn about where they were from and what brought them to Silveridge. It is interesting that the majority knew about our park because of a relative or friend who introduced them. Never underestimate the influence you have to make a new person feel welcome.
One of the newbies plays the ukulele and is looking for anyone to join them. Kudos to Deb Scherbring and Linda Hinzman for reaching out to our new people. These new residents are the future of Silveridge and will leave their legacy after we are gone.
Let’s not forget all the stories we hear over “Happy Hour.” Whether it be in a neighbors back yard or over a Dinner Show in the Ballroom. Instead of “Social Hour”, let’s call it our ‘Happy Hour” It is where we share our memories, stories, plans and our lives. It connects us to one another; friendships are formed, activities are planned and then we truly do find our Happy Place. As you share your stories, don’t be surprised if you find out that somewhere down the line you know the same people and just maybe you are related!!