Welcome to the Pitzer Family Website
Even though it might look like it this is not a brand new
site, as a matter of fact it has been up for over 4 years now and is
still not complete. Not to worry, there remain grandiose plans of using it to serve
many different functions such as:
- Database of up-to-date
family contact information including email, addresses,
phone... this list is growing.
- Family history,
genealogy, pictures (past and present)... need some help here.
- A forum for posting
thoughts and news that the family or anyone would be
If YOU have contributions please send
them to email@example.com
and they will be incorporated as soon as possible.
As you can probably tell,
my talent is technical not eloquent. My sister, on the other hand, is a
different story... not to say that she isn't technical but she wrote this letter
expressing the feelings many of have had about our family.
|A Letter from Gigi Ross
It struck me,
as I sat on the cement benches of the outdoor pavilion in
Winterset's city park and gazed at 50 some-odd varyingly familliar
noses, eyes, and hairlines, that there is something vaguely
comforting in discovering family resemblances. Perhaps that is part
of what brings us from the far reaches of the country to a tiny spot
nonexistent on any map. The sense of belonging. One of the first
questions we ask about life is "Where did I come from?". In
obliging response, our red-faced parents usually attempt to convey
the wonders of childbirth. I propose that we as parents have failed
to address the real confusion. Maybe what our children are really
asking but unable to express is something more. And perhaps that is
what makes genealogy so intriguing. Learning our ancestors' pasts
gives us a sense of continuity for our future. And a sense of
obligation and drive to "carry on."
It is so important to nurture these
ties. As the notion of extended family has all but been lost during
the last century, what we have substituted in many cases is a
disjointed set of short-lived alliances. How unfortunate for us!
Even as recently as my parents' childhood, aunts, uncles, cousins
and grandparents were readily available and involved in daily
activities. Now many of us, myself included, only see even our own
parents on special occasions. How can we expect our children to
understand their family heritage? I recently read a telling quote
attributed to Elizabeth Janeway, "...family ties, the duty owed to
an ideal - in our time, these obligations seem to have lost their
force as motivators and connectors." As I see it, we still have a
choice in the matter.
The Pitzer clan is luckier than
most in that we have elder members who remember the days of the
extended family. I believe that it is our responsibility and charge
now as the next generation of (gulp!) adults to foster this natural
bond and preserve it for our children and beyond. I could so relate
to Mark when he described his hesitation and slight apprehension at
the thought of being amongst those who "knew us when we were THIS
big". I, personally, can think of quite a few things that could
possibly come back to haunt me in a situation such as a family
reuinion. But I digress. We will always be children in our
parents' eyes. And I'm not unhappy about that. There is a sense of
relief in being with those who have known you all your life. While
we may have to be extra convincing to prove our grown-up-edness, we
are also loved unconditionally. We (the general "we") need more of
that. Although we are geographically dispersed, we have a few tools
that have been made available to us in the past few years that make
the distances seem to shrink. Let's take advantage of them.
I want to express my heartfelt
appreciation to George and Billie for their undying efforts to put
our gathering together and to Aunt Irene for her gracious donation
of many years of pre-internet research. These have provided
motivation and connection that will not be lost.
Love to you all.
Thank you Gigi!
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