Have you done any research into your ancestors? What interesting surprises have you discovered?
One rather big surprise when researching my maternal ancestry was that my great, great grandfather was transported to Tasmania from Liverpool, England. At the tender age of fifteen he was convicted of stealing a piece of calico and sentence to seven years in Van Diemans Land.
Previously he had stolen two game cocks but had escaped punishment. Who knows what age he was then. The poor lad was on the transport ship, William for 127 days. Many did not survive the journey.
What is astonishing is that he made his way back to England at the age of 38, which was very unusual, most stayed after their sentence was complete (if they survived). But my great great grandfather, married a local girl in Tasmania and brought her back to England with their young daughter.
It shows an incredibly strong character and physical strength to endure.
Do you have an ancestor’s story to share?
As a kid, what job did you dream you would have as an adult?
My first recollection of wanting any particular ‘job’ was in secondary school (UK 11 – 16). I was art mad and spent all my lunch hours in the art room creating. Luckily my art teacher, Miss Randall was very supportive and allowed me access to all the art supplies (and some non art supplies, one of which was the large noticeboard from the main corridor!) With free rein I created to my heart’s content, I utilized not just the usual paint, clay, paper etc. but the internal workings of clocks, cellophane, paper mache, wire and a lot more.
I dreamed of designing house interiors, some alternative, some not. I even planned to use my summer vacations to dress shop windows in London high street stores. My art teacher, Miss Randall actually sent some of my artwork to the Royal College of Art. I was accepted until she advised them I was only 12!
Alas my dream did not materialize but I have experienced many forms of art through the years and now have found my niche – writing. I sometimes wonder how my life would look now if I have followed that path. Maybe my parallel self is enjoying that designing life – who knows?
Incidentally I did watch a fantastic Netflix documentary, Abstract some time ago which highlighted designers and one just blew me away. I watched and thought that Ilse Crawford: Interior Designer had my parallel life. Maybe next time round I will go that route.
What job did you dream of having as a child?
Why not share in the comments?
Tell a story of when you broke something…
This is my story.
I was sure the glass bauble was secured on the tree. I’d made a point to check the wire. As a family heirloom it was important to me to keep the shiny ornament high enough on the Christmas tree so little fingers and large paws did not dislodge it. As I turned to retrieve another bauble I hear a crash – my heart sank. There on the tiled floor was my great-great grandmother’s bauble in a thousand pieces. I fell to my knees, tears brimming over my cheeks. Shock held me still for several moments. With great care I gathered the glass shards, tiny pinpricks cutting my fingertips as I did so. The light glanced off the opalescent pieces. My heart ached, how could I ever replace it. With the last few pieces held in my hand, I began to get up, but a small piece of paper tied with a silk thread caught my eye. Placing the shards on the tiles, I picked up the small paper bundle and unwrapped it. Inside was a beautifully written note in cursive writing.
To whoever finds this note, may your wish come true, Celia
That was my great-great grandmother’s name. Why had she hidden such a note in the bauble? I turned around at footsteps – there in front of me was my daughter. What a wonderful surprise and one I’d wished for. Her global travels had taken her away for so long and she had once again said she could not make it home for Christmas.
“You’re here, oh my love it is wonderful to have you home.”
“I was given a free ticket from a friend, who had other commitments. It was so unexpected. I wanted to surprise you.”
My wish had come true, had the bauble made it so?
Why not write one and share it?
Keep your sense of humor in 2018 – make it a laughter filled year with lots of writing!
This week I will be attending my writing group’s Xmas Party. This event is always fun with members relaying new stories or poems and a Secret Santa. Each year we marvel at the diversity of the potluck items. There never seems to be duplicates. I began my Xmas themed story but alas have not quite finished it…will have to hurry!
This year’s WFSC Christmas Party will be held at Social Grounds Coffeehouse, where the proprietors are committed to supporting local non-profits and local artisans. Coffee and snacks will be available for purchase at the coffeehouse but everyone will b ing a potluck item, a gift worth $10 suitable for a writer, and a Christmas themed story or poem to share.
Does your local writing group hold a Xmas party too?
Then on Saturday another all day event with my publisher, Dream Write Publishing. Unlike last Saturday’s event it is in a venue we know well. Looking forward to the crowds and Christmas cheer.
December 16, 2017 Christmas Craft/vendor Show Time: 9:00–17:00 Agora, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, Alberta
What Christmas themed events are you attending in your area?