My parents found the perfect way to make me behave on each step of the life I’m notching…they told me whatever I do good or bad to remember…my ancestors are watching.


They said I am the product of many ancestors who were on this Earth before me…and how each ancestor is but one leaf upon our family tree.


Wherever I go I carry the branches of my family tree…it’s how those who came before are watching over me.


It’s been a rather easy way to keep my life in sync…because before I do or say anything, I ask myself….what would my ancestor think?


I have felt my ancestors all my life…since I was a little boy…I have shared with them my sadness…I have shared with them my joy. 


No matter where’ I’ve gone in life…no matter how old I’ve grown…I’ve always had this wonderful feeling…that I have never been alone.


Whatever actions I’m about to take…my reasoning is always the same…

I want to honor those who came before me…I don’t want to cause them shame


And I look forward to the day I get to meet my ancestors…and they get to meet me…when I find my branch and take my place upon our family tree.


Where I can smile down on my great great grandchildren and the lives they will be notching…knowing from my place upon our family tree…along with my ancestors…I’ll be watching.



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He was standing in a silent, peaceful protest.

His wish…for everyone to be free.

when he found himself locked arm in arm

with a man much older than he.


They stood together…in protest

Their shared wish…for everyone to be free.

Hoping this demonstration would help restore

some of their country’s character and dignity.


When the demonstration was over

their peaceful message having been sent

the younger man looked to the older man

and shared this compliment.


“It’s wonderful that you were here,” he said.

“to help our peaceful message spread”.

The old man smiled…then chuckled to himself

“I had no choice.” he said.


“I was content to stay home.

to ignore the injustices…

to stay mum…

Until my ancestors came and reminded me

of all the reasons I had to come.”


“My ancestors reminded me I don’t do this for myself

but for all my ancestors who will outlive me…

And if I didn’t do this…my ancestors told me 

then my ancestors would never forgive me.”


There is a reason we protest injustices

There is a reason not to stay mum:

For all our ancestors who have come before us

and our ancestors still to come. 


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