At school, we were blessed with good fortune this week. Our students have the opportunity to create writing pieces with author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock! She has written many books, a lot of them about family and Vermont, which is right up my alley!
She is also a big promoter of finding out about one’s roots and writing a journal, which was one of the reasons I started writing this blog. She gave the first graders and kindergarteners “homework” to start a family tree – something that I was very excited to do!
My children are lucky they have several older family members with amazing memories. We were able to trace back, on my husband’s side, many generations. My side is a little more tricky, as all of my grandparents have passed on and we’re not close with others who are still living. Apparently, there is a whole group of relatives from the Burlington area, whom my husband has never met. I swear he’s related to someone in every town in this state. They were farmers, and my husband’s great-grandfather moved to our area to start a small dairy farm. My husband’s family has been on the land on this road for five generations, which was amazing to see on paper.
It was nice to hear someone who loves Vermont tell our students (my own children included) to dig deep, find their family stories, and write them down. Hopefully, I’ll continue this journal/blog for several reasons, but I’d also like my children to be able to read about their younger years, good times, not-so-good times, and see the strategies we used to overcome them.
My goal this week is to find an intriguing story on either side of the family and write it in this blog. Perhaps it will be the same one my kids will want to take to school for their “final” project with Natalie.