African Americans are traditionally a people of oral tradition. Maybe thats why we talk so much. Wanting to be heard. What's on your mind brother. Tell me about it sister. " As we became more educated. We lost the story telling. Although we can read and write now, most find it difficult to trace our ancestry back more than three to six generations. The events of today are the history of tomorrow. Most people don't get up in the morning thinking "Today is the history of tomorrow, so what I think of as ordinary, may be seen as extraordinary in 100 years." Time just moves on one day at a time until "this today" becomes the history of tomorrow. However, much of our story as a people will be lost if not recorded. " The ancestry and lineage of history... nobody wrote anything down. My father even had his last name changed by his grandfather.. and he didn't find out for 60 years. He was retiring and was told he had a different name from the one he used all his working life. He chose the one his social security recognized. Me and my sisters and brothers belonged on a milk carton. I still laugh at this today.. I would sit for hours and ask my mother about her past. I found out I have Native American blood coursing thru my veins. She relayed things to me only I know. My brothers and sisters didn't have this curiosity. She picked cotton.. my father bite a white man on the leg.. for mistreating him. They were fighters.. maybe that is why I will never lay down, my mind. She told me of her childhood.. What she knew of my fathers. He wasn't a talker.. he was just a quiet storm. Constantly brewing on the horizon.. with possibility of rain. I wanted to meet all of my cousins and relatives.. How many don't know they are hurting and facing their cousins. I had cousins living less than 10 miles from me for years. I found out during a funeral.. I went to visit.. they were nice and all. Yet ...We never got closer.. I even found out a cousin fired me from my job. I was a dishwasher and he became my boss. He told me he was letting me go. He wanted to hire a friend. I later got on my cousin for doing me like that. He had no remorse because he/we didn't know we were related. What a shame.. All I can do is try.