The keeper of the flame
My Aunt Mary was the one who took pictures at family gatherings, and I’m grateful for that because my parents didn’t have a camera. Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to admire vintage photos of my sister and I wearing grandma’s dresses or homemade Easter clothes, although there is a photo of me and my older brother in it. ‘one year old mother and grandmother with Aunt Mary in the middle. It’s a mystery that took this blow.
My aunt also created a family tree of our Irish roots, proving that we are the descendants of JFK and Deacon Samuel Chapin, our great-great-great-great-grandfather who was the founder of Springfield, Ma and who has a statue there to prove it. I wouldn’t be all arrogant about this though; I’m sure there were rascals climbing this family tree as well.