“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.” Bessie Stanley
When I think about Success I often reflect on this quote. We should all define sucess for ourselves. Don’t let money, position or titles define success for you.
Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby
My Maternal Grandmother, Granny, took care of me during the day, before I entered Kindergarten, while my parents were at work. Her first and middle names was Anna Mae. And that’s the way you said it, all together Anna Mae. Since I spent so much time with her a lot of her friends and other people in the community identified me with her very closely. I also favor her a great deal. You can see a picture of the two of us on my homepage.
When I was older and able to move about the city by myself, I would often hear the question, “Aren’t you Anna Mae’s Grandbaby?” I would answer in the affirmative and hope that I was honoring her legacy. I often wondered, “How in the world did all these random people know who I was?” This was many years before social media. Later on I found out that she would show my picture (and my sisters and cousin, and much later our children) to any and everyone that she could. She bragged on us constantly. I have another story about that, but I’ll save it for another day and another post.
Granny has passed on now, however she is never far from my thoughts. She loved me unconditionally and fiercely until her last breath. I miss her so much. As I write this I can’t stop the tears from falling. However, I am so blessed to have had her in my life. Her legacy lives on in me and the rest of my family.
Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby”
For several years friends and family members have encouraged me to write about my family and my genealogical searches. Well here I am! I am excited about this new page in the story that is my life.
I first began researching when I was given an assignment in middle school, St. Andrews’ the Apostle Elementary School (K – 8), to research my family tree. The assignment is one that many school kids are given. For me it started me on my journey of researching my family tree or genealogy. I immediately dove head first into the assignment. I quickly wrote down my parents’ names and my maternal parents’ names. I could even go back about 3 generations on my Mom’s paternal side.
This was the first time that I understood the term “family” had 2 sides, Maternal and Paternal. Prior that my relatives were all lumped together. I had a large extended family that was primarily of my Mother’s family.
This assignment started my love affair with genealogy. This blog will discuss family history, ancestors, and descendants and how we stay connected across the generations. Family stems from blood, marriage, adoption and often times the bonding of friends. The Ties That Bind Us are of Love. I hope you enjoy my blog. I hope that this will encourage you to connect with you family both past and present.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
“Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby“