Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Family secrets...

Dear David,
I have recently been contacted by a fairly distant relative who is very interested in family history. This pleases me very much as I have memorabilia and remember all my mother's stories. However I don't think I should divulge any of the perhaps "less attractive" details. Am I just being old-fashioned?

Dear Dubious,
Keep it to yourself. I don't think it adds anything to the family history which is largely a pursuit of fantasy and folklore. I do tell some of my relatives on my fathers side that we had a sheep and horse thief. I am not sure if they had him hung or not. If someone is proud of their family it's of no purpose to make them feel less about it.

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