Thursday, October 26, 2017

What We Do Matters; Now & For Future Generations

Do you wonder if what you do as a grandparent matters? Do you wonder about the legacy you leave behind and how it will impact your children and grandchildren?

Well, I want you to know what we do does matter and the history and legacy we leave behind has great power to influence the generations who follow. As an example of this, please allow me to share with you today a bit of my great-grandpa Badgerow's history and legacy.

My great grandpa Badgerow was orphaned the day before his 11th birthday, raised by his sisters, finished the 8th grade and became a small business man - had a grocery store/gas station in Sparta, MI. 

When the banks were seized by the state of Michigan and ended up taking half of depositor's money in the '30's, he could have lost heart and quit in despair, but he didn't. He extended credit to families and let them get food from his store when they didn't have the money to pay for the food.
Years later when he died (at 96 years old) a man came to his funeral and said my great grandpa saved his family's lives by giving them food when they needed it. 

I am proud Charles Wesley Badgerow was my great-grandpa. He set an example of compassion, courage and generosity which I want to, and will, follow. (Photo is of him, my great grandma, grandma and great uncle Ray)

What my great-grandpa did mattered, then and now and what we do matters now and for future generations as well!

(My sister Loretta Baughan researched our grandparents/ great grandparents and wrote about them in her book Clarence & Faye.)

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