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Grandmother

IMG_4968 IMG_4944My great-grandmother was born in New Zealand to a Swedish seaman who jumped ship there. Her mother had died when she was 2 and even though her father remarried, her step- mother was not particularly kind. She ended up becoming pregnant at 18, having the baby out of wedlock. She moved to Australia with her daughter, my grandmother, and married when her daughter was 8. My grandmother was fostered out to live with two genteel spinster sisters, Miss Day and Miss Day.

 

For her I have imagined what it must have been like to be sent to these women. The abandonment…? Certainly as an adult she was passionate, capricious, tenacious, but would intermittently take to bed, sometimes for weeks. Next…ruby2 ruby1