He giggles as he points to me and then to my face in the photo.
"Gabriel? Who's that?" I said as I pointed to the picture of my mother.
"Mama!" He exclaimed as he pointed to her.
"That's right! That is Grandma! Who's that?" I asked pointing to the picture of my grandmother. I think I've just tripped him up as he ponders a minute.
"Gin-ya!" He says as he points.
"Yes, that's Great-Grandma Virginia!." Not only is it her senior year photo but he never met her, but he has met her in pictures.
I point to the photo to my grandmother's left as I say, "That's her mommy! Her name was Eunice. She would be your great-great-grandma." We've only met Great-Grandma Eunice in pictures. She died at the age of thirty-four in 1938.
Eventually, we go down the line together as I tell him what I know about each woman. He doesn't point out anyone other than me, Mom, and Grandma and if he does, I'm sure it's just a coincidence. While I eat, sleep, and breathe genealogy, Gabriel eats, sleeps, and breathes trains and firetrucks.
I'm laying the foundation for what I hope to be his future interest in his family and maybe even *gasp* genealogy. (A childless auntie can hope, right?) One day I will share everything that I know with him, but today is not that day. Today is another day that I will say, "This is Grandma's Mommy. Her name was Virginia. Wasn't she beautiful?" Gabriel will point, hopefully, at his great-grandma and repeat "Gin-ya" or maybe he won't. Either way that's okay.
My 3x great-grandmother Mary J. (Ray) St. John b. 28 Oct 1855 in Caldwell County, Missouri, USA d. 2 Jun 1913 in Sparta, Christian, Missouri, USA m. John Warren St. John on 29 Sep 1873 in Christian County, Missouri, USA
My 2x great-grandmother Emma Vincent (St. John) Hall b. 27 Nov 1879 in Christian County, Missouri, USA d. 8 Apr 1953 in Republic, Greene, Missouri, USA m. Andy Hall on 11 Dec 1901 in Christian County, Missouri, USA
My great-grandmother Eunice Velma (Hall) Stapp b. 7 Mar 1903 in Sparta, Christian, Missouri, USA d. 13 Jan 1938 in Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA m. Daniel Greene Stapp on 30 Jan 1926 in Christian County, Missouri, USA
My grandmother Nancy Virginia (Stapp) Sayers b. 23 Mar 1927 in Sparta, Christian, Missouri, USA d. 16 Mar 2011 in Oak Grove, Jackson, Missouri, USA m. George Gordon Sayers on 24 Jun 1946 in Marshfield, Webster, Missouri, USA (div.)
My mother G. Ann Sayers b. 12 Jun 19??* in Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA
Yours truly, Lacey N. Frazier b. 1 Jan 1983 in Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA
*Did you seriously think that I was going to give the year my mom was born? That's a risk that I don't want to take!