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Just Roll With It…

November 21st, 2012 at Wed, 21st, 2012 at 2:21 pm by Rowena

Oh, the holidays. More often than not I find myself wishing I could crawl under the bed and hibernate until they are over just so I don’t have to deal with the family. Not that they’re particularly bad, but my tendencies lean toward that of a hermit rendering me much more comfortable surfing the internet in my bathrobe until 1am than socializing with regular people. Not this year. This year I’ve decided to kick back and let the craziness happen without letting it get the best of me. I will not be snarky with my mother or roll my eyes at my father. I will be thankful for what they have bestowed upon me: my lack of patience (thanks, dad) my easily bruised ego (thanks, mom). The family treasures abound, do they not?

Though I may speak disparagingly of them, and though they may drive me to the brink of insanity, I’m lucky to have them. It’s my family. They know me, I know them, so on and so forth. Unfortunately, as far as family history is concerned, that’s all I know. (Insert sad violin music here). My parents immigrated to the United States when I was a baby, so I never had the chance to meet either of my grandmothers nor my paternal grandfather. My maternal grandfather lived with us until he was 90, but he preferred to enjoy the present rather than relive the past. I know very little about those who preceded my parents, so sadly, my family’s history is still a mystery to me.

If you have a similar sob story,  you are in luck because KCLS has a solution to solving these mysteries. At the Bellevue Library, we are fortunate to have volunteers from the Eastside Genealogical Society who can assist those with the curiosity to dig into the past. We also have various genealogical resources from our website, as well as a genealogical collection available for you to peruse if you feel like undertaking the venture on your own. Regardless of how you decide to go about it, don’t forget to relax this holiday. Enjoy the food, the fun, and the people who are fortunate enough to share it with you. And seriously—just roll with it. The holidays will be easier if you do.

is a mom, Library Lady, food freak, and nature girl. In that order.

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