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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Generations Preceeding

One of the main reasons I traveled all the way to Maryland with a not quite three month old baby wasn't just for the week off from work and good food that comes with the holiday, but to introduce Emily to the Eastern Shore and the preceding generations of my family.  While she had already met my mother and father, her grandparents, she had not met her great grand parents or her 95 year old great grandmother.  It was imperative that my family get to meet and see and hold Emily while she was so young.  Thanksgiving dinner was just a fortunate bonus to the trip.

Emily is a lot like me in the fact that she is the first.  The first grand baby, the first great grand baby, and the first great-great grand baby.  Its a big deal to be the forthcoming of a whole new generation so of course I planned a little get together at my great grandmother's house.  At ninety five years old she still lives alone and has her wits about her.  We spent the evening there, catching up, and taking a photo with all five generations of women present.  I am going to cherish that photo forever and I am sure Emily will, too.  

Out of everything that I did and enjoyed on my visit spending an evening with my grandmothers and great grandmother was by far the best.  I hate to think in terms of it being the last time I might see my great grandmother, but it fills me with joy to know she got to hold her first great-great granddaughter, my little Emily.  

Emily with my mother

My paternal grandmother.

Emily with my maternal grandmother

Emily with my great grandmother... her great-great grandmother.

All five generations of women together. 


Nolie said...

How amazing is that. I was so lucky that my grandfather got to meet my oldest before he passed away. I will always cherish the pictures I have of the two of them and of the picture I have of all 4 generations. I wish my grandmother got to meet my children and wish that my grandfather got to meet my newest son. I know though that they are looking down on us smiling though.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful picture and such a great memory for you to have, Jen - and to be able to share with Emily as she grows. Five generations - that is remarkable! Glad you had such a wonderful trip!


Anonymous said...

That is awesome! Isn't it amazing what happens to us women once we have a child-how sentimental and the realization as to whats really important in life!

Smile Steady said...

I love this. The Mr.'s great-grandpa is still living on his own, too, and I can't wait to introduce him to Abbott. I'd love to get a picture of all 5 generations of them together like yours!

MarieElizabeth said...

This is fantastic! Such good memories for you all and definitely history in the making. Glad you could make the trip and see everyone.

Glyndalyn said...

Jen, this is terrific! The 5 generation photo will be valuable to the family long after everyone is gone.

Rosanne said...

What precious memories these photos will hold for you! We have a few four generation photos that I cherish.

kittyhere said...

Yes those photos are priceless but even more priceless will be the memories for everyone. If it happens that Emily is not old enough to remember all of your family in these photos you will have them to show her. I don't know why I'm having to wipe my eyes as I type this.

And don't cut the guys out either -- I met my grandmothers and remember them even though I don't have photos of us together -- but my grandfathers were gone before I was born.

Anonymous said...

That is special! My grandmother (94) welcomed her first great, great granddaughter last year, and I am always a bit teary-eyed when I see her holding my ... (hm..what would my first cousin's granddaughter be to me? ... my fifth cousin? This stuff confuses me!)
Lee Ann

Mel said...

So very cool! What great memories. My great grandfather lived to be 101and was on his own until about 2 months before he passed. He met 2 or 3 of his great great grandchildren. None of them were mine (I was 15 when he passed away. Hopefully your great grandmother can keep her health as well, then Emily will remember her.

Misty Dawn said...

Oh Wow! Jen, this is so priceless! What fantastic photos. You (and Emily) will cherish these forever!

pattisjarrett said...

Visiting from Kitty's referral. What a blessing, all those generations. I'm glad you were able to make that trip. Vermont looks like a beautiful state. Love the "cabin" look of your blog.

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