Last week we had beautiful Spring weather. Spring in southeast Texas lasts about 1 minute between cool wet winter and blazingly hot and humid summer. Enjoy it while you can. The days are countable.
I took this beautiful Spring day as an opportunity to wander through an old cemetery in Falls County, a 2 hour drive northwest of where I live. Rolling hills, rural as it gets here, and at this time of year, miles of green, green fields and wildflowers. The cemetery I explored is the small Powers Chapel Cemetery across the road from the Powers Chapel, a white frame church that has been having services since 1850, and the cemetery has headstones nearly that old.
I have been working on an ongoing project for a friend. Part of the project has been to find out more about some of her ancestors in Texas. Sometimes it is easy to do genealogy in Texas. Lots of things are online. Records sometimes just seem to fall out of your computer and onto your lap. How cool is that.
But Texas is also a place that many people wandered to during the years following the Civil War, when the south was in chaos. And many people wandered into Texas wanting to leave their past lives and that chaos behind. So immediately after you pick up those lovely documents that just fell onto your lap, you usually run into a brick wall.
Feast or famine. We all run into this. Sometimes I put down a project for a while, and just think about it. Sometimes I just keep running myself into that brick wall over and over, hoping to find or make a little chink. The man from Falls County has had me doing both things for a long time. Since it is a pro bono project, I luckily have the luxury of time.
Which is a good thing. It is usually a long drive when I am researching a project on the ground here in Texas. Everything is far away from wherever you are.
Sometimes it is not just the physical distance through time. Sometimes it is the mental distance that I must pass through. Is this normal? I don’t think it is procrastination, though there may be some of that. It is more of a post-organization inertia. Ready, set, stop. I am noticing it also happens when I am working on projects for my study groups or portfolio. Gather that info, outline, cite, good to go. Stop. Eventually everything will begin to flow again. Maybe it is just a little Spring Inertia.