So there I was, standing in a long line at the grocery market yesterday, and after what seemed an eternity the woman in front of me struck up a conversation. She was a bit older than I am [or so I thought], and she turned and began to ask me what I did for a living. So I told her that I assisted people in finding out about their family's history.
"Well, I ain't never had time fer that sorta thing. Just keepin' the dog's pedigree's straight is 'bout all I kin do!" she exclaimed.
"Well, it's really quite similar to keeping a dog's pedigree, " I told her. "Simply keeping the sires and bitches in correct order."
"Yeah, well," she said, "it's those damn sires and bitches that is the reason I don't keer to check into my genealogy none!"
And at that point the conversation just kind of ended as we moved forward in the line and she began putting her groceries on the conveyor to check out.
I was a little taken aback at this woman's response, but then I realized it's just the same with so many people I've talked to! Life is more important than learning about the past.
At least to them!
Ahhhh, give me a census record, a church register, a taxation roll, or a diary of any kind, and I am sublimely in my literal seventh heaven!
Call it ancestry, genealogy, or pedigree, it's all that same passion that drives me, day in and day out, to forever keep up the search!