Well, it’s Carnival time again. Carnival of Genealogy that is!
The topic this time is: What traits run in your family? Which of them did you inherit? Do you have your mother’s blue eyes? Your grandfather’s stubbornness? Your aunt’s skill with knitting needles? Is there a talent for music in your family? Or do you come from a long line of teachers? Have you ever looked at an old photo and recognized your nose on another family member’s face?
So, after much thought and almost giving up on contributing this time around, it’s time for me to try and share my feelings on this subject.
I have never really dwelt a lot on family traits. Shame on me for that. I do know one family trait that I have inherited and I really hate it! I definitely have the Spangler temper! I’m usually very good-natured and easy to get along with. I despise fighting and arguing and try to live peacefully with everyone. However! When I do become frustrated I am very, very bad!
Example #1 – Trying to pull a video tape out of a VCR and getting so frustrated that I threw it on the ground, jumped up and down on it and tore it to pieces. I got my tape out though!
Example #2 – Setting up my daughter’s computer desk and becoming frustrated with it and finally just throwing it around until it was torn to pieces. She didn’t mind because she ended up getting my desk!
Most folks who know me will leave very quickly when they see me becoming frustrated. Fortunately, I can usually control myself around my computers. I’d hate to replace my computer every time it messes up!
When I’m in the mood, I can write poems like my mother has done in the past. I believe I got my genealogy gene from my maternal grandfather, George Forbes. My math abilities, they came from my dad.
On another note, I thought I would share a couple of photos and let you all decide if they show how some of the likenesses are passed down even a couple of generations removed. Perhaps some of you will agree and perhaps not, but I find it interesting when my siblings look just like someone a couple of generations back.
First up, my brother and my 2nd-great-grandmother. The likeness is very interesting indeed. Even to the point of having the mole right by their nose! My brother jokes that it is a picture of when he used to be a cross-dresser!
OK, the next is of my sister and my great-aunt, Rosie Gamble. Most folks agree that they look so much alike. These pictures may not do justice but I just thought I would share them.
The next one is just one that I saw today and thought it looked similar. It is my daughter and her 3rd-great-grandmother. What do you think?
Well, that’s it for today. I hope so very much that most of you were able to view this with all of the pictures. For those on dial-up, I apologize for the size of the pictures.
Enjoy the Carnival!