I'm taking the "Madness Monday" category in different direction today, discussing not something that is driving me "mad" or an ancestor that might have been a little bit "off" in some way, but instead I am thinking today about how my ancestors would feel about ME. You see, recently I have been wondering if my ancestors would be driven "mad" by the way their descendants are living their lives now. Obviously, life today is far different than it was during the time of our great great grandparents and even our grandparents. I often wonder what they would think if they were able to come back and live among us now. My great grandmother was very young when the first telephones were installed and now every day I "talk" to people all around the world on my computer. What would she say about that?
Imagine how excited they were at the invention of electricity, indoor plumbing, the radio, movies, and television. Wouldn't it be wonderful to share all that we have learned? Obviously, our ancestors would be surprised by all the new technology we live with every day.
But, I don't know if they would be pleased with all the things they would discover in "modern times".
My ancestors were devout members of the German Reformed, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Quaker faiths. I think they might be shocked and saddened at quite a lot that they would see right now, and I would love to hear what they would have to say.
Doubtless, we would have some very interesting discussions! Wouldn't it be wonderful to talk with them about their lives and what their hopes, dreams, and disappointments were? Someday, I hope I will be able to do just that.
I'm very grateful for the firm foundation of faith and family they passed down through the generations to me and I surely hope I am not driving them "mad".