Hi everyone, this is a piece of fiction written in response to the picture it & write challenge hosted by Eliabeth Hawthorne.
“Dad, what is a family tree? I heard Miss Kim talking in the garden and she said the family tree is almost complete. Is it a type of tree in her garden? Do we have one too?”
“Yes, we have one and no it doesn’t grow in the garden. It’s a drawing to show all the members of a family going waaaaays back in time,” her dad replied.
“Like way way waaaaaay back to Jan-uary?” Lisa asked looking very serious and comical.
“No, further back than then. We can start from great grandpa and ….” her dad stopped when he saw how confused she looked. “OK let’s get some writing material and I’ll show you how to draw a family tree.”
And just when he thought he had gotten away with a simple diagram,
“Dad, if great-grandpa was Indian and great-grandma was American, how come am British and live in Peru?”
How do I explain this to a five-year -old, think fast Presto!.
“Lisa, do you remember the picture in the living room of the tree with many roots?”
“Ye..s ..ss.” Lisa replied.
“Well you see like the tree, you are one person with several different roots which helps you grow wherever you’re planted. The different roots represent all your grandpas and grandmas, they all came together to form you.”
Oh boy this was not going to end soon.
Would love to read your thoughts and stories.