It sat in my basement for a number of years but eventually found a special place in my heart and at the foot of my bed. I sit on it every day to put on my socks and shoes. Every day I think about the man who left the country of his birth and brought his family to the land of opportunity, the land of freedom, and land where every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Thank you, great-great-grandfather. Your trunk may be old, but it is not ugly. It is beautiful. It is a reminder to me every day of how grateful I am to you and how blessed I am by God to be an American. It is also amazing that your trunk has been passed down for over 100 years through five generations. It may be worn, but it still has its original paint. I can faintly see your name stenciled on the front. Jakob Ritter.
My great-great-grandfather Jakob had a son named Jacob, who also had a son name Jacob (my grandfather's brother). Two months ago my daughter had a baby boy--my grandson. He's brand new. He's an American, seventh generation. His name is Jacob.