If one of your late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join you for dinner, what things about your family would this person find the most shocking?
There was a knock at the door. Apparently, my Great Great Grandma Hannah had come to dinner and after I got over my initial shock I stepped aside and let her pass. After scanning my clothing with a raised eyebrow, she briskly walked to the window and looked out.
“Marvellous! Up 3 floors in no time at all! No need for stairs!” she beamed at me. “It was a bit frightening though, at first.” She admitted. “It’s all so wonderful!” And with a disapproving look at my clothing, she said “Though I am not sure your attire is entirely appropriate for a lady receiving company.”
I had to smile at this, I was wearing yoga pants and a tank top, so, yeah, I guess looked very undressed to her at the moment, but I hadn’t been expecting company who would care.
She asked after my husband and children and wondered aloud how a family could fit in my tiny flat or were they at our place in the country? I said I had neither husband nor children nor, sadly, a place in the country. I know the word ‘spinster’ must have flashed through her mind at this point.
“That’s a TV.” I said, in answer to her silent question, as she studied the flat screen. “It’s for watching shows.”
“Oh! You don’t even have to leave the confines of home to catch a show?”
“No. But most of the shows aren’t worth watching anymore anyway.”
“How does it work?” As I poured and we drank the tea, I filled her in on TV, radio, computers, the internet and answered her many questions. Well, some questions I couldn’t answer because I am not really sure about how some things work!
We had a good evening, I showed her the family tree, and though I didn’t have many personal specifics about her other children’s children’s families, she was pleased that her family had grown so large and widespread. She told me what her life was like and her paternal grandparent’s names, which I hadn’t found yet, so we looked them up on Ancestry.
I’m not sure she enjoyed the meal, however, but she politely ate it anyway.