Sometimes Family History Hits When You Least Expect It

Sometimes family history hits you when you least expect it.

As I was frantically working to finish an essay I have due tomorrow (trying to play catch-up from my weekend in bed with a cold), I took a break and headed to Facebook.  I was surprised to see that my cousin began posting pictures of my Mom on my page.  Looks like the essay will have to wait.

Not many of my family members are computer literate and there is an even smaller percentage of them who are social media literate.  Lucky for me, a cousin of mine recently joined Facebook and has been adding photos like crazy – mostly from his vacations over the years.  But tonight – unexpectedly – he began posting photos of my Mom and I and with the exception of one photo, I have never seen these before.

My new favorite photo of Mom. Mom is smiling for the camera as she sits next to her older brother, Don. She looks radiant here and just as tan as I remember she always was - a result of many days at the beach or outside exploring the world.


Here is a photo of Mom and her brother Don sitting on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico while on a family vacation in 1980. Mom always did look amazing in a bathing suit.


Here is a great photo of Mom cuddling with her Uncle Jack while brother-in-law Guy takes a photo. I love this photo because it shows Mom's loving side. Circa 1977 or 78.


Mom loved camping and we'd often go on camping trips - sometimes with the entire family and sometimes just the two of us. Here is a photo from around 1993 or 1994 of (left to right) Me, Uncle Don, and my cousin Christine.

I can't tell you how many memories I have at the beach as a kid - Mom always called me a "water baby". After we moved to Seattle around 1997, I would fly down to California to spend a few weeks of summer with my family. Mom was always willing to hand me over to relatives so I could experience as many adventures as possible - even though she had to work. This is a photo from around 1998 while at the beach with my Uncle Don.

Sometimes family history hits you when you least expect it.

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5 responses to “Sometimes Family History Hits When You Least Expect It

  1. Your mom was beautiful. Isn’t it wonderful when things pop up when we least expect them?

    Facebook has surprised me. In the last year, I’ve came across two cousins on my mom’s side sharing family photos, which led to more cousins. A month or so ago, one of my cousins on that side started a family group and everyone has been sharing pictures, memories and research frustrations (I’m 1 or 4 in the group researching the family and we have a couple interested in starting). At last count, our family group was up to 91 people. Our youngest members are in their teens, the oldest is 81.
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  2. What a wonderful surprise! I stumbled upon a photo of my grandfather in the Navy last night when I was cruising through websites. I love the surprise find. It gives us such a push to keep going. Beautiful photos. Your mom’s smile fills the room!
    Stephanie (@CornAndCotton)´s last blog post ..Tech Tuesday: My Paperless Quest

  3. What great photos and memories! And, to me, Thanksgiving is the best time to remember family. Even though my dad died the Sunday before Thanksgiving in 1990 I still have great memories of family togetherness at this time of year. Thank you for sharing.
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  4. I’ve connected with cousins using Facebook – and working on doing family histories on video. Although I understand intellectually how it happens, it’s still amazing to me how much we ‘lose’ sight of – and find again if we look and ask – through social media.

    Your family certainly enjoys the outdoors, it’s great to see.

  5. Jennifer Holik-Urban

    What a nice surprise to see new photos of your mom!

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