That's the rule. You can choose any one of your ancestors, and you only get to ask them one question…

Who would your ancestor be? What is the one question you would ask?

The ancestor I would pick is my great-grandmother. Here is some brief information on her:

Her name was Agnes Augusta Wainwright. She was born in Folkston, GA and married J. D. Moore. They moved to Jacksonville, FL because he was an important figure in railroad construction. His company prospered and they became well off. Then the great depression came and took a toll on them; they lost everything. After the depression, he was building up his business again and passed away, She remained poor (in monetary things only) the rest of her life.

She went through all of this with grace and dignity. She was an exceptionally well-loved matriarch in our family. She developed arthritis in her later years but still did all the chores, cooked, cleaned and cared for her children, grandchildren and others -all from a wheelchair. She had small burns down her arms and on her hands from cooking for the family from the wheelchair, and used a cane to make the beds every day.

She never complained about her constant pain. She had great strength and faith and made a lasting difference in our family’s lives.

The question I would ask her is: "How did you find the strength to go on after you went through so much loss, pain, and heartache?"

Grandma Moore passed away, an open Bible she was reading on her chest. So I have an idea where a lot of her strength came from - but I would still love to talk to her.

 

 

 

Her daughter, Louise, was my grandmother. Our "Nana."

When Nana was in the hospital, never to return home (although no one in our family had any idea that this was to happen), I did ask her a question when she seemed to give up her fight.

While trying to encourage her to hang in and get better, I said: "Nana, you've got to try to get better here. Don't give up. What would you tell your mother?"

Nana answered: "I would tell her I did the best that I could."

Her answer still haunts me to this day, and the older I get, the better I understand her words.

What about you? Leave a comment about the ancestor and the question you would ask them…