Today I saw the prompt from Daily Post – Modern Families.
“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?”
It is certainly an interesting thing to consider. I often discuss details with my Mum about the things our ancestors had to deal with, illegitimacy, bigamy, murder, suicide, infant mortality and we usually say that “there is nothing new under the sun.” Teenage pregnancy? Pfff – check out the unmarried ancestor ending up in the workhouse at 16 expecting a child.
But what might my ancestors be shocked about with my family? Perhaps they might not like that we don’t live close to each other, our visits are few and far between. But that isn’t shocking.
Perhaps they might not be totally happy that I’ve dug about into their secrets, uncovering things they had hoped might stay under wraps forever?
There isn’t anything particularly shocking about my immediate family. We’re all pretty normal (well normal-ish.) There are no crazy axe murderers, no dastardly multiple bigamists… But perhaps they might be a bit shocked about people living together before marriage (but probably not), perhaps they might be shocked that we might not have the same values as they did? Our modern era of equality and free speech seems like a world away.
Maybe they might not be overly enamoured with my tattoo? A lady with a tattoo? Oh no!
Maybe I should get out there and be a bit more shocking, give them something to turn in their graves about!