|The gravestones of Doug's father's parents|
|You can hardly see it but it does say Född and Död: Born and Died|
Dawson, Minnesota is definitely a place of prominence for the Fondells. To see the generations of people who have lived and died there, to visit the home of Doug's grandparents, to interact with the family and hear stories of their life there was a special part of the experience for me. Debbie wanted to be buried in the place where she was born, near her ancestors. It all seems uniquely appropriate for a history teacher.
Our immigrant history came back into full focus once again and left me with warm feelings about our own return to Sweden in this generation. I may have to read William Moberg's Emmigrants once again. His story is our story in so many ways. It was a day filled with the sorrow of burying a sister, the joy of embracing a family, remembering a special past and the awesomeness of seeing how generations of folks have touched that land.