Saturday, January 28, 2012

On Genealogy

It's Saturday Centus time again. If you're new to this, each week dear Mrs. Jenny Matlock gives us a little prompt to incorporate into a tasty (or not so) piece of writing (I begrudgingly do the writing but like to use the prompt for photo ideas, too). She thought she was being nice to us with the prompt (in red below) this week. Hmmm, not so sure about that... after all, what would you do with it? (Oh, 100 words, any style...have at it!)


SH: Whatcha doin', Mom?

Me: trying to do a little genealogy.

SH: Oh. What’s so hard about that?

Me: I know when and where most of the family was born. But trying to figure out the rest of the details is a little harder.

SH: We know where all the bodies are buried, right? It should be pretty straightforward. You know, go to the cemetery, look at the headstones, all that jazz.

Me (laughing): Oh yea. We know where they are alright. On the shelf in Peter’s closet, that’s where. Mom and Dad since 1998 and 2009, and Oma’s still at the cemetery waiting since 1957 for someone to pick her up.




A partially true story. Actually, it's all true except for the conversation with my daughter...funny family I have. Mom and Dad really are still in the closet at my bro's house and Grandma, still waiting for someone to come claim her ashes. Sad, but true. I guess we place more value on the soul than the shell. 


To see what strange and wonderful things the other Centusians had to say on this subject, click on over to Mrs. Jenny's.

16 comments:

Sue said...

I couldn't help but chuckle at this one, Anita. Okay, I admit it. I laughed out loud.

=)

PS. On a more serious note, so true about the shell...

Bookie said...

Very interesting post...but I don't want any remains in my closet. Once you set them there, they become an issue I would think. Scattering, in a most loved place seems to right. But good post!

Karen S. said...

Oh this just rocks! I haven't gotten to Jenny yet on my blog roll, I'll soon be joining in too! Your writing this is so up my alley! ...and Oma, well I always called my mother's parents Omi and Opi, it's like mommy instead of mom for grandpa and grandma.... you brought a tear and joy reading Oma!

Nonna Beach said...

Awesome and inventive take on the prompt Anita ! Like you, I based a small part of my story on real life too !!!

Dazee Dreamer said...

ok, that was AWESOME. and even more so with it being a true story. well done.

Judie said...

This is a clever piece of writing, and almost compels one to open a conversation of ideas on the subject! Brava!!!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I like how you were able to use the prompt in such a unique, non-fictional way. What you say about souls vs shells is so true too; beautiful sentiment. Nice job, Anita.
xoRobyn

Gail said...

Interesting take on the challenge...I like it!

Gail said...

Thanks for stopping by...I thought the photo was part of the prompt. I must pay closer attention but it surely was fun.

Kelly Sedinger said...

It's pretty funny, our various conventions for dealing with remains. Our son has no stone, but we know where he is (we mark it with a couple of terra cotta angels). The ones that kill me are from when they thought it was a bad idea to name stillborn babies, so the stones simply read "Baby Boy Jones".

Jo said...

Actually, I chuckled too! Humans, we do the oddest things ...

Tgoette said...

Great story, Anita! And even funnier because its partly true! Very creative take on the prompt!

Kara said...

very clever and funny and the photo of the door is sort of spooky

Ames said...

My dear sweet long departed mother was cremated. She always told me after death the pea is not in the pod. So by cremating the pod you are just speeding up the process.~Ames

Lisa Taylor said...

So interesting and surprising! Love your "soul" comment at the end. I do agree :-)

Jenny said...

Anita, I loved the serious side of this philosophical and funny gem of a story.

You really did a lot with your brief words here...this felt like a much longer story because of its powerful message!

Loved it!