Week 4: Favorite Photo

Among the many events during the festive holiday season on St. Croix is that once the year ends.  On the first day of the New Year, it is a Virgin Island family tradition to get together to take that long scenic drive to the far east of the island to watch the first sunrise.  This is where the most easternmost point of the United States which is called, Point Udall, is located.

To capture this spectacular sunrise scene, you have to be on your way no later than 5am or else, there would be no sunrise at Point Udall for you.  My feelings at the time were:  hey, you see one sunrise at Pont Udall, you see it all. I needed 40 more winks.

When the family returned, it was not like any other sunrise.  They were excited about meeting the son of Scranton, PA, Joe Biden at Point Udall.  My granddaughters talked about how he was so nice and did not mind taking pictures and selfies.   

Below  is my favorite lucky photo because it reflects a sense of value and wholeness for the everyday person

L-R Breanna, Brielle, (now) President Joe Biden, Britni, and Brynn Ward at Point Udall, St. Croix Virgin Islands.

Who could have known how that celebration of the January 1st, 2018 sunrise would have turned out.?

By shelley dewese

As I continue to search out my history, I am discovering how much I did not know. The more information that is disclosed about my ancestry, the more I learn and understand how I am the person that has evolved today. As a native New Yorker, with roots in Coastal Georgia and deep roots in the Danish West Indies, now the Virgin Islands of the United States or commonly referred to as the United States Virgin Islands, I have always had a yearning to return to my maternal homeland. In September of 1976, my family and I relocated back to St. Croix. While living in New York, I was always telling my friends about my trip back home, but here I was actually waking up every day, walking among the streets and people that I have identified myself with all of my life. At the time, I was not involved in any genealogical work, but I knew there was a missing link that became completed after I was offered the opportunity to transfer Danish documents into a database. That opened up my world and I realize that this was my niche. I now had the tools to explore and document my ancestry. Growing up, my mother always impressed upon her children the pride in being a “Bough”, which was her surname. Now I was able to track where that pride came from, through participating in family history projects and meeting new family, as we gathered together for the Bough Family Reunion on St. Croix in July of 2012. As I continued to research, I found my passion extending to photography. Sunsets and street art are my favorite features, as shown in my tumblr blog http://minkyadoo.tumblr.com/ I also began blogging, and found that it has help me to improve my writing skills. Through the comments and well wishes, I have been encouraged to continue to write the stories and events of my life. Whether or not your roots trace back to the Danish West Indies, you will find a beautiful tapestry of life that reflects our “baseball and apple pie”. This site affords you the chance to transform yourself to a time during the Danish period (1734-1917) where life was both simple and complex. If you have any questions, comments, or need assistance in searching for a Danish West Indies ancestor, I invite you to drop me an email.

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