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When I was younger, I didn’t pay attention to the stories my grandparents and parents shared about family, but the older I get the more I wished I had. I’ve come to appreciate all the generations of people who came together to make me who I am. Reading this chart on Ancestral Mathematics was a great reminder.

Not only did it get me thinking about my immediate family but about those who are nameless to me. I started looking through some old photos, which I love to do. I wish I knew all the stories behind the pictures.

The conclusion that I came to was that a lot of people are part of my story. It’s a bit mind bending.

Wedding Photo
My Parents engaged
Grandfather (Mother’s Side)
Grandparents (Dad’s side)
Grandmother (Mother’s side.

The next part gets a bit trickier with eight great-grand parents. I have photos of two and several great aunts. I’ve learned my great grandfather on my dad’s side owned a large ranch in Texas. The rest of those numbers are names only for me.

Great-grandparents on my dad’s side.
Great-grandfather on
my mom’s side.

No matter how I look at it I didn’t just happen. A lot of unique individuals went into the possibility for me to exist. And just because I love old photos here are few more of family and those I love.

My mom and dad as kids.

My dad and his sisters
My mom’s sister, my mom, and best friend.
My mom

My great grandfather, his wife and two daughters and son who is the baby. He was my dad’s father. I think you get the general idea.

Which brings me to me, my siblings, and the math goes on.

My older brother and sister.
Sister, me, and my younger brother.
Me (second grade)

Seniors in high school and yet to meet.

Me as a Senior
How he looked when I met him
Hubby as a Senior
The math continues.

You’ve got to love the magic of life. We are all connected and not as different as we like to think. In a world that often can be mean kindness matters and love wins.