Sunday, March 30, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: If You Could Take it with You

Here are the rules for this week:

1)  Bill West wrote a blog post, If You Could Take It with You, on his West in New England blog that highlighted a post on Facebook by author CJ Cherryh, which asked:

"A thought question, based on an observation about expectations of the afterlife: the ancient Egyptians envisioned the afterlife as a continuance of their lives, and tried to 'pack' for their future, acquiring charms and items that they could take with them, assuring their association with certain persons, and certain pleasures of life. They spent their lives figuring out what they really truly wanted to have. ----So what would you pack for the afterlife, if you could?"

3)  Tell us what you would pack for the afterlife, if you could.

4)  Write about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a status or comment on Facebook, or in Google Plus Stream post.

Well, let's see:

1.  Photographs of family: my mother, father, siblings, husband, children, niece, nephews, friends, and all the people who have meant much to me.

2.  Copies of my books.  

3.  The books I've loved in life and probably will want to read yet again.

4.  Letters, documents, all the genealogy stuff.  I'll be able to gather information in person there!

5.  Favorite music -- maybe I can even meet my favorite composers.  I think that perhaps George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein would be the most fun!

6.  My computer and its attendant things.  My digital voice recorder.  Both for recording and keeping genealogical information (but I also have games on my computer).

7.  "Joseph's Coat," the colorful afghan my aunt knitted for me.  I'll need to get her to repair some small tears in it.

8.  Some of my collection of frogs, just to have a few around.

9.  I'll want my rolltop desk, too.

10.  Chocolate.  Lots of chocolate.

That's all I can come up with.  I think that would keep me happy.