This Is My Life

Conflict in Our Family Trees

This month’s writing challenge, as offered by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, is Conflict. Over the course of human history, conflict has abounded.

Our collective family has its own share of conflict. For nearly a dozen years, I have documented many of these family conflicts, some big and some small. Here are my top 20 “all-time favorite” family conflict posts:

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Shook Us All Night Long

This month’s 12 Ancestors in 12 Months writing challenge, “Social,” proved to be more difficult for me than one would anticipate. Seriously, how hard can “social” be? Everyone socializes at least once in their lifetime, right!? However, with our ancestors, I know more about their lives on paper than about them as people. After several days of wracking my brain and pounding my head, I realized that I was overthinking the May writing prompt.

Once I paused and took a breath, instead of looking to the distant past for inspiration, I began to reflect on my own social events; times when my family and I gathered from near and far to celebrate milestones and each other. Here is one of the more memorable “social” occasions of my life…

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Never Have I Ever…

The end of 2021 is finally here… thank you, dear Lord. Never have I ever wanted to see the back-end of a year as much as I have this one.

Granted, 2020 was not a good year either, courtesy of a global pandemic. But, like most people, I did my best to weather the storm by masking, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings…not that there were many of those to be had, sadly.

Like many others, I made a conscious decision to protect family and friends by masking up or just staying away. We didn’t like it, but it was the right thing to do.

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Daddy’s Last Days

Daddy, you doubted that it was as bad as was being reported. “You know the news sensationalizes things all the time, right?”

Even when your daughters, two of whom are nurses (one who worked firsthand with people stricken by this virus) assured you that it is bad, REALLY bad, you still did not believe.

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The Day My Mama Socked It To…

It has been a long, long, long time since my junior high days… decades, in fact. And yet, there is one moment in my junior high experience that remains fresh in my mind: the time my mama, a soft-spoken woman, ripped my biology teacher up one side and down the other.

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