You Never know what can happen to family history items passed down to descendants
Great video, it struck a chord for me.
My family is so fortunate to have a couple of memoirs, one written by my maternal grandfather about his time establishing a homestead in 1931 in northern Saskatchewan. The other memoir written by my mother is more extensive and expands on the family's experiences on the homestead through the depression and into the WW2 era.
Whenever I feel down and a bit sorry for myself I snap out of it when I read of the hardships and deprivations they went through. To be honest, I feel a bit inadequate when I compare my achievements to my grandfather.
Sure, modern life has its stresses and we live in very different times, but I ask myself "could I live in a tent in the freezing cold with my family with only a few dollars to get by while I cleared my block of virgin bush, established a garden, built a log shack and a second larger log house a year later"?
I suppose I could if I had to, but I think modern life has made us soft. Our ancestors lived very different lives to what we know, they were made of sterner stuff and keeping their stories alive is very important.