Writing has come with great difficulty of late; I am not entirely sure why that is.
It may be a function of an internal metamorphosis, a later life "crisis". Certainly, life has changed a great deal since my sudden job loss a year and a half ago, as the besieged mother of an angry teenager. She is no longer in residence, and no longer angry, at least with me anyway.
In those 27 years spent putting someone else's needs before any of my own, the habit of self-development gradually wore away to a mere shadow. That shadow has grown and become a powerful force once more, as well it should. Nevertheless, change, no matter how timely, how positive it may be, is not a comfortable ride. I would rather not record the details of the most distressing bits; as in childbirth, it is best to leave pain and discomfort behind, to focus on the present and the future.
There have been many little, meaningless-to-others, nasty bits floating about this last year and a half. Internal spring-cleaning has been going on at a furious rate. I have been very busy.
Life appears much the same. The freshly baked bread smells wonderful as it sits on the kitchen counter each afternoon. The yellow tulips on my desk take my breath away each time I walk through my office door. The neighbours and I chat, when I wander outside to work in the yard, exchanging small bits of harmless gossip. Life is good.
The reality is that the experience of life exists on many levels; seldom are they all subject to turmoil at the same time. Good fortune has provided me with a solid context in which to undertake some very difficult work.
On the surface of life, Attila continues to work all hours. My concerns over adequate sleep and safety have risen. He is struggling to serve all masters. However, his health must take precedent, and on that we agree entirely.
My activities continue to satisfy. The 1871 Census data, for one County of interest, has now been entirely transcribed into my database. As more primary data is added, the project becomes more interesting and arresting. Soon I will begin to transcribe the 1881 Census for the same geographic area, and eventually I will work on the 1901 Census as well.
When this has been completed, I will begin to transcribe the data for the Ontario County where my ancestors settled originally, and were among the original settlers.
When all this is accomplished, I will begin a geographical analysis of migration patterns of original settlement in the Province of Ontario.
It keeps me busy in my spare time. You can take the girl out of the academy, but you cannot take the academy out of the girl. My work will be dedicated to my Grandmother, and donated to the library systems of Ontario. Online genealogy companies will not profit by its' use, no academic career will be launched at its' publication. It is just worth doing.
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