Monday, December 2, 2013

Her Wish

I wish I could dig up some of our ancestors and insult them for leaving
us . . . their . . . conscientiousness.
Those are the words of outspoken Lucy Aldrich after admonishing her sister, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, to take better care of herself.  Lucy's perception was that Abby was run down from doing too much and from being too conscientious and attentive to the needs of others.

Have you ever thought of digging up your ancestors?  Or insulting them for a trait you inherited or one that was taught from generation to generation?  Not me!  I need all the help I can get with my family history and I don't want to alienate one single ancestor.

Quote is from Bernice Kert's book, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller:  The Woman in the Family.



  1. I'm with you -- can't afford to alienate an ancestor. However, it is funny to contemplate how a positive trait can become one's undoing.

  2. If I was going to "dig" up an ancestor, it would be to query them on their life, NOT to lecture them!

  3. The last 6 months or so, I've sometimes "talked" to my grandmother when I wrote my comments about one of her diary entries. Sometimes I think that's a little over the top--but other times it just seems natural given the amount of time that I've spent with her as I've worked on posting the diary. :)


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