Thursday, July 07, 2011

"Woven Into Our Ancestors", July 7, 2011

Not to know what happened
before we were born
is to remain perpetually a child.
What is the worth of a human life
unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors
by the records of history?
~Cicero (106-43 BCE)

Hello Family and Friends,

Greetings to all of you from Florence, Italy where our Roman Holiday is nearing its close.

It has been a rich and rewarding experience for Cindy and me, made even better by brother Jerry Clark and his wife Cathrina with whom we have shared this wonderful adventure.

The first picture shows the four of us in front of the most famous structure in all of Italy -- the leaning Tower of Pisa. Yesterday we took a day trip from Florence to the coast to see this amazing bell tower. Construction on it began in the 12th century but it was not completed for nearly 200 years. Not long after it was built it began to sink in the soft soil and started leaning. At a weight of about 15,000 tons, it is no wonder. Today they have managed to keep it to a 4 degree tilt.

Happy Birthday, Nate! Back on the American home-front: Today is the 9th birthday of Nathaniel James Sauvage of Weatherford, Texas. He is one of the first of our family to be born in the 21st century and represents all those young family members for whom the 20th century will always be simply "history."

The second picture shows Nate with his younger brother Kyle. Their parents James and Kelly (Shepard) Sauvage live in Weather- ford, Texas.

The quote at the top of this post from the ancient Roman Philosopher Cicero puts all our family history study in perspective, doesn't it? Even in the first century before Christ, genealogy was an interest of some good people!
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