Friday, August 12, 2011

And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram...

We had a lot of 'begats' in our closet. My wife's grandmother's genealogical research had yielded roughly a dozen paper boxes' worth of documents, photos, and assorted other materials*. For the last four years or so, this genealogical data had taken residence in our closets. First in Clearwater, where it was unpacked and stored in filing cabinets. Then it was packed up and brought down to the new house, where it was unpacked and stored in filing cabinets. To the best of my recollection, that was all the interaction that had taken place between our family and the genealogy stuff.

Until yesterday. My wife admitted to herself that, with two small children, there are other people in the family who would have more time to devote to this endeavor, at least for the next, oh, eighteen years, give or take a couple. And so, out came the documents, photos, and assorted other materials, and back in boxes they went. Today, they left the house, on their way to a good home. Να 'ναι ευλογημένο!

*Wifely footnote: My husband said that as he was writing this, he thought of Nebuchadnezzar and the sackbut, psaltery, lyre, harp, and every kind of music. I am glad we are no longer paying homage to these boxes full of papers.


  1. I too have boxes of genealogy research, but now that my children are older, I am finding time to pick up the work again.
    There were several years where I flinched every time I saw the boxes as I hadn't been able to get any work done, so I sympathise !

  2. I wonder how much "family" stuff I would have if I put it all together? Scary question. I don't *think* I have 10 boxes. Maybe three?