Photo Story: The End, For Now

Antonina (Bulak) Szerejko and Cynthia Shenette
(Original Image and Text, Copyright (c) 2011 Cynthia Shenette) This is where my story ends, at least for now.  It's been an interesting journey, and I've learned a lot.  History isn't simple and can't be defined only by the famous.  More often than not history is made up of ordinary people doing ordinary things, though sometimes life circumstances result in ordinary people being called upon to do extraordinary things.  We are all unique, and thank goodness for that.

You've read my story.  What's yours?

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Anonymous said...

What a priceless photo!

I really enjoy working on my family history for exactly the reasons that you mentioned. We can learn so much about the past by looking at the lives of ordinary people--and that can provide insights into the present and future.

Barbara Poole said...

Wonderful series, and your ancestors must be proud. Some days it was terribly sad, other days very sweet, like the last. I am in awe of your family, all of them.

Susan Clark said...

What a finale! This was a beautiful series and a masterful use of daily blogging. It's been absorbing, amusing and even anguishing. And very, very real.

Cynthia Shenette said...

Thank you all for reading along all month and for your comments! I think my family story is probably pretty typical--highs, lows, love, loss, war. While I couldn't cover every moment over the last hundred years, I tried to post stories which speak to common themes. I'm glad you all enjoyed my story.

Mark Harmon said...

I absolutely love this photo. It represents the beautiful part of what it means to have a family. If only babies remembered..for the rest of their lives..those older family members who cared for them, worried about them and loved them.