That Time I Dug Through My Family History

September 4, 2013

I’m a day behind starting the Blogtember challenge, but I don’t think Jenny will mind.

I’ve been interested in genealogy ever since I was little, though I’m not sure why. The thought of knowing where my ancestors came from was always so intriguing to me, hence why I was a history major for three years of college. Anyways, I heard about the site and I probably spent way too much time perusing it. I decided to trace my maiden namesake back across the pond and while I’m not sure what I found was entirely true, my ancestors seem to have come to America from Scotland. Once arriving in the New World in the mid-17th century, the Mackabe’s settled in Prince George’s, Maryland (just southwest of Washington, DC).

While my family lived in both the Danville, VA and Spartanburg, SC areas, the earliest history I can remember from my great-grandmother (who turns 90 in just four days) was her growing up in Danville, VA, then moving to Spartanburg, SC in 1941 when she was 18 years old.

But I’m sure this isn’t what Jenny had in mind when she wrote this prompt. I know you all don’t want a history lesson. Let’s move on to more recent history.

Once my family moved to the Spartanburg area, my great-grandmother began working the local cotton mill. She worked there for more than 40 years, and her son (my grandfather) worked there for at least three decades that I know of. When I was born in 1989, we lived in a small mill village home until I was 11 years old. My mom, dad, sister and I all were very close, as was my extended family.

Being raised in the south and in a large but tight knit family made me hold certain things very dear to me.

To love each other no matter what.
To respect your parents and your family.
To be polite to everyone you meet.
To lend a hand to those who need it.
To work hard and put your heart in everything that you do.

All of these lessons and more have helped shape me into the compassionate person that I am today. Sometimes this might get the best of me, especially when I want to please everyone. But overall, the whole kindness and respect thing really hasn’t done me wrong so far, so I plan on sticking with it and if I’m lucky enough, passing it on to my children as well.

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