This week’s questions from https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2022/10/13/throwback-thursday-59-no-one-else-would-know/ are about family
1) Did you have multiple family generations nearby when growing up? I never knew my grandparents, as I was born when my parents were older (my dad was fifty, and Mum Thirty-Eight) I had many aunts and uncles, mostly from Mum’s side. I only met some of Dad’s family when my brother got married when I was twelve.
2) What are some of the earliest family stories you remember hearing? I heard about Mum when she was little. She used to sing on stage until she got Scarlet Fever and lost her ability to sing.
3) Did your parents tell you the story about how they met? Did you share with your children your own love story? I knew my dad lived next door to my mum. Her first marriage lasted a year, and she was better off without him. There was an age gap, but it didn’t matter. They were a love story.
4) Did aunts, uncles, or grandparents ever share embarrassing stories about your parents when they were children? Were the stories fictionalized or factual? I was told, when Mum was little, and her little sister was born (my Aunty Molly) she hated the fact that she had blond hair, in little curls. The jealousy made her want to chuck her little sister out of the window, however as they got older, they were more like best friends.
5) Did your parents or siblings ever tell your kids embarrassing stories from your youth? Yes, when my sister got married, apparently, I sulked the whole day. Although there are pictures to prove it. I was only four, so it was probably because I would miss her living in the same house.
6) Were there tales you wish you had asked your parents or grandparents, but never did? What would you like to have asked them? I would have like to know more about my dad’s mum. She sounded amazing, looking after a brood of children, taking in washing (she lost her husband when my dad was twelve) He was very close to his mum, and used to go to the (snug, a small area in a pub). It would have been great to get to know her.
7) If you had a magical way to speak to a deceased relative, what would you most like to ask them? If they are able to spend time with other family and are they proud of me.
8) Do you share stories about your time growing up with your children or grandchildren? Is there something you don’t want to be lost when you are no longer in this realm? All the time, but sometimes I think they zone out when I talk about my childhood.
9) Have you ever done research to find out more facts about your lineage? Did you ever find anything surprising? My sister-in-law has done the whole family tree. One great fact is that in my dad’s family line there were three sisters. They owned a mansion. They were rich. The law was, at that time, all assets went to men. Through no fault of their own they lost their entire fortune to some second cousin.
10) Have you kept journals, records, or important information about your family, that you want to be handed down for future generations? Not information, but pictures. I don’t keep journals, but I know my sister-in-law, has our family tree.
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Thanks for joining in Diana. Pictures are wonderful memories to keep also. I think my kids zoned me out when I attempted to tell them about my youth. My grandkids don’t seem to be interested in family stories either. Maybe when they get older they will feel differently.
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