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Follow Friday - How Green Was My Valley

I been very busy of late trying to put a 200 page family history book to print. So I haven't been posting as often but the end is in sight and I will pick up the pace again very soon. However, today on this Follow Friday, I want to share a quote I came across that we are putting in the family history book. I thought it was a beautiful quote that family historians could find great meaning in.

From How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn:



"I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me those who are to come, I looked back and saw my father, and his father, and all our fathers, and in front to see my son, and his son and the sons upon sons beyond. And their eyes were my eyes.
As I felt, so they had felt and were to feel, as then, so now, as tomorrow and forever. Then I was not afraid, for I was in a long line that had no beginning and no end, and the hand of his father grasped my father's hand, and his hand was in mine, and my unborn son took my right hand, and all, up and down the line that stretched from Time That Was to Time That Is, and Is Not Yet, raised their hands to show the link, and we found that we were one, born of Woman, Son of Man, made in the Image, fashioned in the Womb by the Will of God, the Eternal Father."

How Green Was My Valley is a 1939 novel by Richard Llewellyn,  based on his Welsh family and the community where they lived. It was later proven that Llewellyn was English born and the story was created from conversations with local mining families. The book was later made into a movie and there were subsequentlly follow up books to the story. I have not read the book, but after discovering the quote I am intriqued. If you have read the book, please let us know what you thought.