So, I think that where we come from is very interesting (Stephan could careless). So here is the start of our family tree. Luckily, my sister in law, aunt in law, Grandma's family and Uncle have all done bunches of research. Research I'm hoping to shamelessly beg they share since I've no clue how to go about it other that a few online sites, that may or may not be accurate.
What do you think of family history. Interesting or silly?
OK , so you might remember this post from back a ways. Well I made more progress on it this weekend (i.e. it rained all weekend, thankfully we were no where near the tornadoes) All that is left is to finish the last pocket and finish off the edges.
So we did pre-pictures this week. Here is the deal. I went to school for Photography and do our family pictures with a wireless remote (tried the timer but it turns out I'm a TOTAL klutz). So this year we wanted some fun more relax pictures our ourselves (AKA I wanted more relaxed pictures Stephan never wants pictures of any kind). So here is one of them. I'll post more later on. Alex Marie Photography did a GREAT job.
I try to avoid big news topics as a rule, however I have to get this off my chest, and I'm sorry if this offends anyone.
I don't understand why some people are coming down on people my age for showing relief in the death of Bin Laden.
My only thought is that these people don't understand what that man meant to my generation. He tainted my childhood and the childhoods of my entire generation. And no matter how wonderful the whole rest of our lives are there will forever be that mark. I can't say that I feel joy at his death but I do freely admit to a feeling of relief and a lack of sorrow or remorse.
He was essentially my generation's Hitler. A toxic force to the world.
It was not until I watched with my own eyes in real time a building full of human lives fall for no reason other than hate that I actually understood what that word really meant. For the first time, I had to face the possibility that my family and friends could be taken from my life for no reason other than that we live in America. So, to those who say we should be ashamed of people who feel and show relief that he is gone, I ask you to talk to your parents or grandparents and ask how they felt when news of Hitler's death came to the U.S. and perhaps they can help you understand why we feel the way we do. Perhaps chanting in the streets and the like was a poor choice of expression but let's not forget that the open and free choice of expression is one of things that has made us who we are.
It is not the end of evil in the world, sadly that will never be, but it means that that mark can start to fade bit by bit because we will never have to see the headline again that he planned the deaths of others or have to hear his toxic hatred recorded on a new video. And perhaps when the back to school ads start each fall from now on, my mind will go back to pain and fear I personally felt that day a bit less and less.