Facts of the Matter

Families evolve over time -- especially largefamilies like the one into which I was born. Parents mature and maturity changes their approach to life and child-rearing. I've been told that as a young man my Father had a fiery temper. Dad was 41 years of age when I was born and the man I knew was wise and mellow.

The age at which memories were created also has a part in what one remembers. A few years ago I was surprised at the smallness of the house and farm where I was born and raised. As a child they were huge but I was much smaller then and size is a relative thing.

Age also influences memory. Children accept what they see as fact while adults interpret in an abstract way according to what already resides in their memory banks. There are 11 years difference between my oldest brother and myself so it's quite possible we remember the same events in quite different ways.

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Susan Alice Carolyn Jim Bob Mom
Ruth Dad Me -- 1951
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Finally, there's power in the written word.
Winston Churchill said, "History will be
very kind to me because I intend to write
it."
If no one else chooses to write their
memoirs then what you are about to read is
Gospel. If someone else chooses to write
their version of the Bradley Family History,
and you read it, then you'll be like the man
with two watches who never knows exactly
what time it is.