I'm so glad you could stop by. This is my personal blog of daily life and my journey through life. You will find a strong emphasis on family and friends as well as finding my ancestors through genealogy. Unlike my other blogs this blog is more of a catch-all so any topic is fair game.

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Friday, October 01, 2010

The Need For Roots

September 24, 2010

One of my favourite quotes that can be found in the footer section of this blog is:
"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings."--Hodding Carter
This quote has a profound meaning especially when it comes to genealogy but also parenting.  As parents it is our responsibility to give our children a firm foundation on which to build their lives.  However giving them roots means so much more than a value based foundation (eg. love, honour, respect).  It means nurturing good family relationships with extended family members so our children know their family history.  Too often people flounder as adults simply because they do not have a firm foundation based on values and family history.

It is interesting to look at tree roots.  They may be gnarly, intertwined and far from visually appealing.  In many cases you won't see them at all.  Yet the roots of a tree can extend a distance greater than three times the size of the tree's canopy.  It is the roots that nurture the tree while providing strength and support.  So it is with people...

Garden Gnome

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