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#WritePhoto The Family Obelisk

May 4, 2017 , , , ,

obelisk

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The family sailed from England when they had a chance to come to America.  The hardship of the voyage and the harsh conditions in the colonies took a toll on the surviving members of the family.  They wondered about the decision to live in the new world, and felt lost without the comfort and status of British society.  Carving out an existence turned out to be much more difficult than they had ever imagined.  They lost touch with the roots of their family back in England and had no way to return even if they wanted to go.  They had little money and just barely the time to protect and feed their offspring.

Eventually they came to feel pride in the American adventure they founded, and erected a monument to the first Morses to come to America.  They had sailed from a harbor with a large assuming obelisk that bid them adieu when they left their homeland.  The group decided to model the new world monument after the last sight they saw as the ship left the shore.  British no more, but connected to the language and the culture of the motherland, the American obelisk builders were sure that God was on their side.

Morse Monument

This is a piece in response to Sue Vincent’s weekly photo prompt.  Please join writers from around the world each week to read or submit your own story.

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That is a lovely piece of family history to have, Pamela.

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Sue Vincent

May 4, 2017

Thanks Sue, maybe this is why your English pics always make me think of my dead ancestors ..

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Pamela Morse

May 4, 2017

Perhaps so. Roots have a way of getting to us 🙂

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Sue Vincent

May 4, 2017

Because they are us…I am pretty sure

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Pamela Morse

May 4, 2017

I really liked this Pamela. My own family could easily have gone to America from Ireland but they chose to become boat people and sail to Australia where my great grandfather had a brother. Interestingly this same Great Grand father did go to America as a young man and fought in the civil war before returning to Ireland. We have interesting histories don’t we. A monument is very impressive I have to say. The best I can claim is a street named after my great Uncle.

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Michael

May 5, 2017

Thank you Michael. I study my family history a lot, and think it ties reality to historical facts to know what your family did when.

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Pamela Morse

May 5, 2017

I love the insights and reflections of your family history..

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Thanks Sue

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Pamela Morse

May 6, 2017

Thank you Sue

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Pamela Morse

May 11, 2017

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