Hi friends! Today we have the lovely Cynthia Eden guesting with us. As she says – November is winding down, and I know the rush is starting for holiday madness, but I hope we all take a minute and reflect. I love that Cynthia has such a rich background, but I think all of us can take a look back. I hope you’ll all chime in – especially since Cynthia is so beautiful and adorable. Seriously – you want to hate her cuz she’s basically so perfect but you can’t because she’s so nice. XD
Anyway, here is what Cynthia had to say.
Memories In A Box
Hi, everyone! It is such a pleasure to be here with you—a huge thanks to Limecello for inviting me over! When I was growing up, one of my very favorite things to do was to pull out the old box of pictures that my mom kept in the bottom of her closet (yes, these were the non-digital days!). In that magical box, my mother kept pictures of her relatives and my father’s relatives. They were grainy, faded photographs. The edges had turned nearly white because they had been touched so many times over the years.
In these photos, I was able to see the relatives that had passed away—relatives I’d never had the chance to meet. One of the photos that I loved to stare at the very most was a photo of my great-grandmother, a beautiful Cherokee woman. She wasn’t smiling in the picture. She was just staring straight ahead. Her features were so strong and her long black hair seemed to still shine in that dull photo. I wondered about her so much—this special woman. I wondered about the stories that she could have told me. About the life that she had led. Was she happy? Was she sad? I could never tell from the photo, and that seemed to make it even more poignant for me.
I’m very lucky—I have Native American ancestors on both my mother’s side and my father’s side. I love to celebrate their heritage. There are so many wonderful traditions that I try to pass down to my son. I always want him to be proud of his roots. At his school, they recently celebrated Native American Day, and he was so thrilled to be grouped with other “Cherokee” descendants—the kids spent the day making their own fires and learning about the history of the different tribes in the area. When he came home, he told me it was the “best day ever.” I love best days.
I’m sure you have old traditions from your ancestors that you like to celebrate, as well. I would love to hear about them! Share with me. 😉 I’ll pick one random commenter to win a $15 Amazon.com gift card.
And since it’s nearly December…Happy Holidays to you!
Everyone in town thinks that Jemma White is as sweet as the delicious treats she makes at her chocolate shop—but they’re wrong. Jemma is ready to let her wild side out, and she’s just found the perfect man to make all of her fantasies come true. Grayson Cole is a too-sexy-to-be-true stranger who has escaped to Holly for the holidays. He is her perfect temptation, and Jemma can’t wait to steam up the cold winter nights with him. But when danger from Grayson’s past follows him to town, she realizes that the man she is falling for has been keeping some very dark secrets…secrets that may just get them both killed.
Share with us – any lovely family memories of your own? A cultural heritage or tradition? Interesting ancestors?