One of the many things that I do on the weekend is take obituaries. After more than three years at the newspaper, I still find it interesting to read people’s stories.


Each person has their own story and I love the lengthy obituaries where I really get to learn who the person was, what they did, and what their family and friends will remember them for.


It reminds me a bit of the movie “CoCo.” It is about a boy who wants to be a musician. His great-great-grandfather was a musician, but it seemed that he loved his music more than he loved the main character’s great-great-grandmother. The great-great-grandfather left the family and was not heard from again. Now, the young boy wants to be a musician but his family forbids it.


The movie, centered around Dia de los Muertos, is all about ancestry. It explores how people remember those who have died and how those people’s lives have shaped the lives of those who come after.


Remembering people is something I can really appreciate — especially on a day like today, Father’s Day.


As I celebrate Father’s Day with my dad, I will be thinking about his father and how my grandfather’s life helped shape the man my father is. I will be thinking about my father’s mother and her role in his life and other ancestor. I will be thinking about what parts of them I still carry with me.


Is the color of my hair the same as my great-great-great-great-grandfather? Was my great-great-great-great-grandmother a writer? Will my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter be thinking of me one day?


The past shapes the future and there is so much history within us all.



Happy birthday Sunday to Chaya Whittington, Willie Jones and Betty Hughley, all of Sherman; Javon Santiel of Dallas; and J.D. Wells II of New Carrollton, Maryland.


Happy birthday Monday to Sydney Sexton and Tanecia Deckard, both of Sherman; Victor Palmateer of Belleville, Mich.; and Jason Stewart of Denison.


Happy anniversary Monday to Dean and Faye Trent of Trenton, 25 years.