I'm grateful for my peasant ancestors!
This week Lynne got me to pondering with this great post. She was wondering what her grandchildren would grow up to become. She asked the question, "What defines success?" And, whether we are a celebrity or a broom sweeper we are all children of Heavenly Father and He love us.
I like the simple things of life. Please don't give me anything that is gaudy or frilly. I don't want to be rich or win the lottery (my husband, however would like to give it a try, being rich that is, NOT playing the lottery). Just bring my family around me and I'm happy!! I don't want to be well known. I just want to do well the things I have been asked or required to do. I am who I am because of my wonderful ancestors. I believe they are a part of me. Many of my ancestors were poor peasant farmers. It's called "contadino" in Italian. How I love them!! They were humble, they knew that they had to rely on the Lord. Funny, but today in Stake Conference (twice a year meeting of many congregations together) they mentioned a study that shows that people that have many material things of the world are NOT as happy as those we don't!! That would be my ancestors! I'm sure they did not have much and it was hard to find even the necessities of life. I'm grateful for their faithfulness in living their Catholic religion to the best of their ability. I love my peasant heritage!!