The photo above is of my grandmother, my mother, my little sister & me.
I have been thinking a lot lately about the women in my past what were they like, were they happy, did they think about the family in their futures or was life so hard they just struggled from one day to the next.
We are doing our family tree and my husband has found ladies as far back as 1400's I wonder about their lives about their families.
Bridget born 1642, Emillia born 1755, Charlotte born 1775 or Matilda 1799 who were they? what struggles did they have to cope with every day, did they have time to laugh, were they happy. So many questions that will never be answered.
We were lucky my sisters and I growing up as we had a family that was full of grandmothers, great aunties, mother, sisters and cousins and I think that made us very structured in that we were secure in knowing we were surrounded by the ladies of the family and many of lifes lessons were given to us within that group.
The ladies of our family gathered always in the big kitchen of my grandmothers home with a pot of tea and a good chat whenever we were together and I miss that so much for myself and for my children as their children too. Lives are so busy and the family structure is just not like that anymore We are all so busy rushing through life do we truly live it!The dreams our families woman had would be handed from one to the next to keep the family whole and secure. I am glad I was part of that wonderful time sitting around the huge big table and watched as smiles filled many faces and age guided the others in the right direction.
This is a photo of my grandmother, my mother and Me. Now I am a grandmother myself. I try very hard to fill the role of friend, advisor and woman companion to my daughters and their children. I hope I can do as good a job as my mother and my grandmother before her did for me.
But just for a moment I would like to take them all! my daughters and my grand daughters back to that time around the big table in a warm kitchen full of laughter and chatter of many woman of the family.