If You Know Why

A recent review of the obituaries in my rural, home-town newspaper indicated one of the deceased was a native of New York City. That’s fairly atypical for where I am from and, at the risk of being frank, something of a culture shock. I wondered what brought her from New York as the obituary didn’t hint at a reason. But it got me to thinking.

Have you documented the “whys” beyond any moves you made during your life time? If you know why your grandparents or other relatives moved from point A to point B, have you recorded why (assuming that you really know the reason)? Years later someone else may be glad you did. There are times when determining the reason is relatively easy after the parties involved are long deceased and other times when it is not.

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