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Grateful generations

Little Wesley discovers five generations at Thanksgiving

December 3, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Baby Wesley Adams was surrounded by the love of five generations of his family on Thanksgiving.

Wesley's grandma, Stacy Christensen said, "We are blessed."

Great-great grandma Lila Kesler and great-grandma Nancy Jo Garrison are both from Truman, Minnesota. Grandma Stacy Jo Christensen is from Ringsted, and Wesley and his dad, Steven Adams are from Estherville.

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Great-great grandma Phyllis Garrison of Truman, Minnesota joined great-grandpa Randy Garrison of Northrop, Minnesota for a second five-generation photo.

Each one of us had four grandparents, eight great-grandparents and sixteen great-great grandparents.

Kenneth W. Watchter, the chairman of the department of demography at the University of California, Berkeley, has estimated that in just 10 years, by 2030, more than 70 percent of eight-year-olds will likely have a living great-grandparent. The U.S. Census Bureau has identified a great-grandparent boom.

Demographers agree that family trees in the U.S. today represent a beanpole: Thin, because there are fewer children in each generation, and long, because there are more living generations.

Great-grandparenthood is an ambiguous role, according to William Frey of the Brookings Institution in Washington. Great-grandparents are separated more in age from the rest of the family and potentially perplexed about the level of authority.

The Age Boom Academy at Columbia University found that if great-grandchildren are in regular contact with their great-grandparents, even if they don't live with or near them, they may grow up with more positive attitudes toward older people and a greater sense of connectedness to their families and their cultural traditions.



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