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The Questions We Forget to Ask Our Parents

I became my family historian. Here’s what I’ve learned about reclaiming our past.

Sean Kernan
6 min readFeb 22, 2024

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Uncle Jeff, Mamma Jan, me, Grandpa Marvin, Grandma Vivian. Taken in Birmingham, Alabama.

I never knew my paternal grandfather. He was a mysterious figure who died when I was four and whose name was often mentioned. My sole memory is a hazy one of him giving me popsicles on my…

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Sean Kernan

Writer and writing instructor. Always on the hunt for a good story. That guy from Quora. Writing out of Tampa, Florida.