I have been thinking a lot lately about the new stories I have accumulated from my aunt. The original question being “should I still do this?” Followed by the “duh, of course you should and you will!” With the real question being “how much should I share?” I am not joking when I say the stories are wild!!!
Here’s another question…did my mom subconsciously leave her family and friends to break the cycle? She had high hopes for her kids, I have made more than my share of mistakes so maybe my kids will make up for it? My grandparents left Kentucky and I have a lot of ancestors from Kentucky, to live in Southern Indiana. My mom left Indiana to live in Northeastern Ohio after she married my father. Out of 11 kids, my mom was the only one who moved a good distance away.
Where my mom was tight lipped, my aunt is loose lipped and she loves to share. I pretty much just steer the conversation with my questions and she takes the reign with her memories. Did I mention the wild part??? Nature versus nurture…and that wildness is in me too.
Aunt J “We always had to run out of the house when mom and dad were fighting, especially when it got hot and heavy.”
Me ” What do you mean hot and heavy?”
Aunt J “when they really got into it….there were always bullets flying”
Me “wait…what? Bullets?”
Aunt J “Dad would always shoot at Mom when they really got into it.”
Me “Was he just shooting in the air or was he a really bad shot?”
Aunt J “I guess if he really wanted to pick her off he would have, I think he was just trying to scare her, I think he shot over head?”
You can’t tell me that’s not the wildest thing you heard all day?? It blows my mind! This is just one of the stories…
I have to document the stories, even if I don’t like them, I’m just not sure how much I should share? I find it fascinating because it is foreign to me…like seriously…I can’t even imagine…but it’s real and it’s a part of me.
The Girl is spending the weekend at a friend’s house and I am seriously contemplating doing a 14 day free trial at ancestry and jumping right down the rabbit hole this weekend….maybe? I guess we will see….Zia