I have been downsizing photos all week. There are many photos of my A-family as well as my in-law family. Some of these photos are of people born 150 years ago. I inherited them as people died..probably because I used to be a pack-rat and trying to let go of some of my past before I leave this earth and my kids will have to do it.
I have always been very honest with my kids about my past and feel like I am lying by creating a family tree because I never felt a part of either family. I was adopted at age 7 and remembered enough of my B-family that I was able to find all who wanted to be found.
I firmly believe in family history and want to be sure to leave a family tree for my grandchildren..just in case they have an interest. I have some photos of my birth family which includes my mother and grandmother and siblings. In my heart I feel that I don't have any real family so this is a hard subject for me. My grandchildren have a right to 'think' they have a family history but which family do I leave for them?
No, I'm not planning on leaving the earth anytime soon but then again, I get on these projects whole heartedly and then I get stuck in an emotional turmoil and put it away...for years. It has taken me 8 years to unpack a storage tub of albums with all these pictures.