I was born in SW Florida, lived here all my life & my last breath will be taken here. Traveled 3 months in 1987, saw my 1st mountain, prairie dog, cherry tree & so many beautiful amazing places. Crossed the Continental Divide 4 times a once in a lifetime trip! But there is no place like home. My dad died when I was 3, but he was 68 when I was born & 70 when my lil' sis was born!! My mother gave birth to 5 children, burying 4. The first just before I was born, all auto accidents, except the eldest, he died in a nursing home. He had seizures & ended up w/ brain damage. He was OK but would forget to eat etc, mom working, he had one in driveway, laid in sun for hours (dried blood) She was abt 75 when she couldn't pick him up anymore & had to put him in LT Care He was 60 & passed 12/2014. My lil' sis just 2 yrs younger passed in 1987 at 22. We were just becoming "friends". she was a ball & chain as I always had to take her with me, movies, beach etc. My 33 y.o. brother passed just a month after her. I take comfort that their deaths were instant, no pain, no suffering. To all moms'/dads'/sisters etc. Mom once said to us while fighting ......... "You only have 1 sister so you best love each other" I found out what she meant in 1987. She had 3 sisters & 3 brothers, kids of an NJ Irish Yank WWI 1st Pioneer 1914-1918 At 23 headed "South" (me, why?) & married him a "Sweet 16 Florida Cracker". The rest is history
She is my hero & I am my mother's daughter which means we butt heads a lot. She has been so independent her whole life as her life was work & now she has nothing no social life, no friends, just me. She is last of 7 kids Please Pray she leaves this world before I. It would kill her to lose her last child.
Please feel free to correct any wrongs I may have, no hard feelings. I want to know who I am & I cannot judge past discretions of my ancestors. But I respect a person who can tell me the truth no matter if it hurts or not
So that is just a small part of my "lives" , who I was. who I am. As my family were leaving, looking into the past seemed obvious. And "What a Long Strange Trip It's Been". Seriously I have come to admire my ancestors, pioneers, patriots, such endurance & a history long life spans from 1700's on ,,,, 70.80/90 & older. A hardy people to survive & flourish through war, epidemics, war, Indian attacks, war, Farmers of food & kids, some upward of 15. Each kid has kids & "1st Base" 15 John, Mary, Smith all the same generation upon generation. "Genealogy, confuses the living & drives the dead crazy"
Happy Hunting :) "Tell your children, so they may tell your grandchildren & they may tell their children!
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