The Strength That Remains

By J. L. Starkey

“Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.”

– William Wordsworth

Time flies in genealogy, doesn’t it? It is already week 40 of the 52 Ancestors Challenge! In the past 39 weeks, I have written a grand total of 65,514 words in 39 blog posts. That is the equivalent of a short novel, believe it or not.

If you are considering joining the Challenge, I encourage you to do just that. You will have ups and downs, but it is worth the effort. Genealogy is filled with surprises – good and bad. My family has seen more than its share of tragedy, and I often wonder how my ancestors went on living in the face of such daunting challenges.

As I struggled to find a topic for this week’s “harvest” prompt, I realized I had missed the big picture. In my family, the bounty of the harvest, so to speak, is the strength of those ancestors. They went on living. They found strength, blessings, and goodness in what remained.

That is who my ancestors were…and that is who I am. My ancestors left a legacy of strength for their descendants…including a certain amateur family historian who wouldn’t share her writing with anyone just one year ago!

My, how things have changed from one harvest season to the next!

To celebrate the harvest, I present to you a video recap of the past 39 weeks. Stay tuned…there are many more stories to tell!

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