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May I show you the saddest picture I have ever seen:

This is a picture from an upscale Easthampton, New York magazine that serves the very rich. Round Swamp Farm provides them with fresh produce and seafood.

Why is this sad? Because the name under the sign should not be Snyder. It should be Lester, the name of my maternal bloodline.

The Round Swamp Lesters have a rich and wonderful Easthampton history. They are prominently mentioned in the book, Mens Lives which chronicles the adventures of the Long Island men and women who made their living from the bay and open sea.

With this generation, due to simple errors in judgment and a few moral choices that were not the best, the Round Swamp Lester name dies out forever. Their bloodline will continue in the Loewens and other families, but the rich tradition and history that surround the name will be only an interesting section in an industry long gone.

We move on, but I pray that whatever legacy I am creating will continue and the Loewen name will continue until the Lord pulls the curtain of history to its close in preparation for the next act.


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Feb. 6th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel. I worry sometimes about how the family name in my branch will die out with this generation -- I'm childless and neither my brother or my sister seem interested in having kids.
Feb. 7th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
You know, I sometimes wonder if I should be worried about not carrying on the family name or the legacy and all that. I mean...that particular imperative has never seemed...well, particularly imperative to me. Although I do admit that sometimes I do worry that I'll regret not being a father...
Feb. 7th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Reading this made me think about our family name, and how it will/or will not carry on.

It occurred to me that from my great-grandfather down, I have the only male heir. I have female cousins with kids, but their names are not the same. I am the only male to have a male child to carry the name.

I hope my son has boys, if not, our branch will end with him. :`-(
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