I LOVE old family pictures and recently received this one from my father. In this Tolsma family photo is my paternal grandmother (standing on the left) with her parents and siblings. My great-grandfather passed away in 1935 but my great-grandmother (wearing glasses) lived until my high school years and my siblings and I were fortunate to know her. I’m guessing this photo would have been taken in the mid to late 1920s based on my grandmother’s age and the age of her youngest brother (born 1924 I believe). My great grandparents both came from the Netherlands at a young-ish age and married in Minnesota. As a kid I remember my father talking about all his aunts and uncles but I was generally confused — couldn’t remember who was who, etc. Now that I’m grown I wish I knew so much more about all the family history.
One thing I notice when looking at this portrait is the amazing resemblance between the members of the Tolsma family and the descendants I grew up with — brothers, sisters, cousins, more distant cousins, my own children — I see all their faces in these faces. Kind of weird, but in a cool, amazing way.
For family reunions my maternal grandfather has written up and handed out a history of their family and we really enjoy it. I’m inspired to write one about our family and update it over the years. Even if our life seems rather mundane at present, I’m certain that future generations will appreciate having it preserved and shared with them. I hope that the pictures I’m taking (like our family portrait below) are treasured by those born many, many generations from now in the same way I treasure the photo above.