It's 3 am Toronto time on Sunday morning and as usual on the weekends I can't sleep. This is the time I seem to get the most inspired and have the most quiet. No house to clean, no dishes to wash and no laundry to do. Okay - so there is all of that stuff to do but who wants to do that at this hour?
When I was younger, I often dreamed about the future - who I would marry, what my kids would look like, where I would live - you know - all that fairy tale stuff that never really is what you expect it to be.
I did marry and had three wonderful kids who I was totally devoted to -until I began working full time. Somehow though, they seemed to just grow up and didn't quite need me as much. While they were growing up, I was getting older which although I knew would eventually happen, I never figured it into the equation quite as much as I should have. Now I found myself thinking about the past and my youth, and then about my parents past and their youth....
Let's face it - I needed a hobby.
Computers came along and in 2001 we bought our first really good one. My oldest son spent most of his time on it though since no one else knew quite how to use it. I started fooling around with it in the afternoons when the kids were in school and slowly became comfortable with it. When I decided to go back to school at 42, I used it primarily for homework but I found I really enjoyed sitting on it and "surfing" the web.
And then one day my daughter came home from school in late 2004 and told me she needed help with a school project. They were studying their roots and she needed help creating a Family Tree. And that's when it hit me - armed with only the names of my maternal Great Grandparents, a computer-complete with internet, and a love for researching I had found my hobby- Genealogy!