Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sentimental Sunday: We Are The Story Tellers

The Story Tellers

    "We are the chosen.  In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors; to put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family their story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.  Genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts; instead, it is breathing life into all who have gone before.  We are the story tellers of the tribe.  All tribes have one.  We have been called as if it were in our genes.  Those who have gone before cry out to us:  Tell our story, and so we do.   In them we find ourselves."    .....Unknown author

I love that quote, it couldn't be more perfect.  

Cheers to all  the dedicated family historians, genealogists, and geneabloggers out there and to all those in my own family; in particular, those of the Wallen ancestry of which I am a fourth generation family history preservationist; from great grandfather Oliver, his daughter Sula, his grandson Charlie, and now to me, the great granddaughter. We were chosen. We are The Story Tellers



  1. That is one of my favorite quotes, too. What a nice way to start off a Sunday morning.

  2. That's one of my favorites, too.

  3. That quote is so true. It's as if it was snatched from my heart.


  4. How true... I think you have to be one of the "chosen" to fully understand the magnitude of this responsibility. Thanks for posting.

  5. Thanks Lisa! For all you've done to help me realize that I must be our 'chosen'now. I have a lot to learn, but know the value of our heritage and accept the responsibility with a greatful heart.

  6. Bill, meeting you, as a result of my pony blog of all things, and striking up the friendship that we have, has brought me more pleasure than I could ever express. You ARE called...because you can HEAR them, feel them. Not everyone can do that. We are the lucky ones. I've known about your calling ever since I first met you....