During my research adventures, I have met many awesome people like Nick who are always there to help us on our journey. They seem to appear out of nowhere to nudge us on like our own personal Guardian Angels. So here is how I met, my Moment in time Guardian Angel, Nick.
Earlier this week, I went to a local cemetery to track down a family members grave marker. Now, I have been working on tracking down this particular headstone for a while and after three trips, I am happy to report it has been located.
It was during this latest attempt, that I encountered a nice man paying his respects to his parents (Nick). He apparently had been observing me for a few minutes walking down the rows methodically. Okay…okay maybe a little erratically. 🙂
Either way, he could tell I was in distress, so he approached and introduced himself. I explained to him my dilemma and he offered up some assistance. I gladly accepted his help and gave him the little bit of information I had. He started in one direction and I the other. After about 30 minutes, I decided I was not going to be successful today and I was about to throw in the towel.
But then, I looked up to find my new acquaintance and wouldn’t you know directly in front me was the head stone I was looking for! I did a little happy dance and ran up to inform my new acquaintance of our success.
He shared in my joy at locating the correct grave. From there we discussed the importance of paying our respects and maintaining our ancestors grave markers. We continued to chit-chat and he stated he would be sure to greet my Ancestors the next time he visits the cemetery to pay his respects. I informed him, I would do the same. I thanked him for his assistance and wished him well before parting ways.
You see if it wasn’t for Nick, I probably would have gotten increasingly frustrated and given up for the day. It is out of respect for his offer of help, that I kept searching as long as I did. If he wasn’t going to give up then neither should I.
I believe it is important to remain open to those who can help us along on our journey of discovery. My question to you is, has this ever happened to you? How did your Genealogical Guardian Angel help you?
© Melissa Woodard, 2017