A comment made on this post about the Acadian House…
I recently discovered I descended from John and Anastasie via my Remillard line (their daughter Cecile married Louis Marie Remillard). In another small world circumstance, I live in the next town over. I’m a cyclist and for over two decades rode past the Acadian House in Guilford, never giving it much thought. Needless to say, I now often wonder what stories that home can tell.
There’s a certain poetic justice to John and Anastasie’s story, and there’s something to be said about the type of men the Smith brothers were, leaving their lives in the British colonies with their Acadian brides for a land and culture no doubt foreign to them. In another twist, John’s maternal grandmother was Mary Forbes, who I believe was the sister of Captain Samuel Forbes, the shipbuilder who captained the ship that brought the Hebert family to CT.
A great story where love triumphed, and the world is much smaller than we sometimes realize!
More on the Acadian House
This is a sequel about someone I wrote a post on this blog.
Read the post first, then the comment made.
Probably not that important that I should write about this person.
I have learned since 2009 that everything I write on this blog is for a reason. I am the one who benefits the most from all this writing I have been doing since 2009.
I have learned so much about myself and others that I have a hard time stopping writing.
So what is all about Richard Grinndal who died on November 22, 1944 and probably left no descendants to remember him by.
I have started writing about him on my blog about No. 23 Squadron. If you have been reading that blog, you know why I wrote it in the first place.
If not click here.
So what about Richard Eric Grinndal?
You tell me because I know very little about him.
Richard Grinndal was my uncle whom I never knew. I was born two months after he died. My middle name is Richard, after him. I often wonder how my life would have been different had he lived. He held BS & MS degrees in engineering, a Phi Beta Kappa key & was well liked by many including his flying buddies. I am my family’s keeper of the many photos, letters & other mementos from him including his letters home, burial flag, etc. He & his pilot Sam Peebles shot down V-1 flying bombs & I have copies of action reports describing how they did it. Their Mosquito crashed on take-off flying one last mission after his requirement was fulfilled. The main point is that he was a good man, brilliant & well thought of, who would have made a much greater contribution to our society.
By Linda Ellis
I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.
So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real and always try to understand the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.
So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash… would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent YOUR dash?
Copyright 1996 Linda Ellis
Courtesy Gracie Ann Matisyn
Collection Steve Myers
I had second thoughts about not posting this picture on Our Ancestors.
First I told Steve I was only going to post it on my extended family tree on Ancestry.
Then something told me I had to post it as well as this one…