“Female Family History Month” was a unit we did about six years ago for school. The oldest girls were showing interest in their grandmothers and great-grandmothers. I called my mother for ideas, sent e-mails to Mr. Ferrero Rocher’s aunt who is the
unofficial family historian on the Crook side (nice surname huh?), gathered pictures, typed up stories, and hoped for the best. We created a time line starting with the girls and began working our way back through family history just learning about the wonderful women who have forged the way before us. My expectations for this study were immeasurably surpassed!
I learned so much on a personal level. These women shared many of the same qualities -faith, strength, humor – and yet, they also each had a more dominate trait or set of traits that carried them through the specific trials they each were called to face. It caused some inner reflection into my own character. Had I developed mine enough to do what I needed to do in my own life? Introspection is a curious thing. Rather than feeling discouraged at the lack of qualities I saw in myself, I awed in the realization that many of the qualities I lacked were evident in my own mother, sisters, aunts, cousins. Through their service they fill the void helping to teach my daughters. And as luck would have it, I can see many traits passed on through the generations, skipping some, only to make an appearance in my own daughters.
Yaya Juana was a great cook – never cooking the same thing twice in a week, which was hard to do during the Spanish Civil War.
I hope to be as spunky and resourceful as Yaya Ramona who fed her family through ingenuity during yet another war that raged in Spain.
And the courage displayed in Jane, Ellen, and other pioneer “grandmothers” who left their homes in England and Wales to travel to Salt Lake because of their religion mean a lot when my own faith is tested and tried.
I feel a connection with these, my foremothers, who laughed, cried, experienced heartache and joy, served, sacrificed, lived.
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