I admire courage, and I think it exists more commonly than we imagine. Without knowing the whole story, it can be interesting, even inspirational, to imagine what an ancestor’s life was like. How tough it may have been. How they persevered, survived, possibly overcame. Or, perhaps they didn’t, perhaps it was too tough. But, to gain some glimpses that shed light on their life and the challenges, can help us understand
By looking back, we can grieve those we knew and lost, or never had a chance to know. Or grieve their struggles and challenges, and empathize. We can celebrate their successes–jobs, inventions, titles. Celebrate, even, the marriages and births that eventually begot us.