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C1D22922-877D-461C-95DF-6C420EC74B49As I watched our grandson practice “long tones” on his clarinet, I realized what an important place music has had in our family over the generations. Musicians in our family have hummed, whistled and sang through the years. They have played a long line of instruments including guitar, ukulele, drums, xylophone, violin, recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano and accordion. It’s so true, music unites our family 🎼 

Mom and me sharing a laugh.

This is one of my favorite photos of my mother, Otha Beauchamp Reed, born in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Her family was not enumerated in the 1930 United States census when she was just a girl herself, and I hope to find out where they were living that year to tie up some loose ends in our family history.

This is my challenge, my course of action for the year, my exercise regimen, day in and day out. Hopefully my reward will be to develop a powerful new habit that will make me stronger in all aspects of my life.

My father, Willard William Reed was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I was told that his family moved around as part of crop harvesting and they were living in Canada when he was born for that reason.

My first goal for 2020 is to request his Canadian birth record and to locate the house they lived in from the information on the 1921 Canadian census.