Monday, 13 November 2017

My mum at seventeen which would have been in 1942.  World War II was three years old.  She had met my father two years before this photo was taken.  She looks so young.  When I was visiting my aunt in September, I spent a lot of time with my cousin.  She told me about my granny, mum's mother.  I only met my granny twice in my life, both times were in the 1970's so granny would have been in her seventies.  She seemed like a stern, scary old lady. 

I listened to my cousins tell stories about granny and mum.  What I found out is that my granny looked like a stern old lady but apparently she was a lovely old lady with a great sense of humour.  Granny had resting bitch face.  My mum had a great sense of humour as well and I think that is the greatest gift she gave me. 

My cousin grew up on a farm in southern England and granny lived in a small house down the road from them.  When mum visited she would stay with granny but they would spend a lot of time at the farm with my aunt and cousins.  In the evening, after supper, mum and granny would make their way back to granny's house, down a dark country lane.  My cousin was sent to watch them and make sure that they made it home safely.  My cousin told me that watching the two of them walk home was like watching two drunks walking home;  they were laughing so hard that they staggered.  Mum and granny loved each other very much.  My aunt told me that when mum left for Canada after the war it almost broke granny.  I can imagine.

It's wonderful to hear these stories. 


  1. Your mother is so pretty and indeed, she looks like she would be fun to know.
    I love old photos like this, they show so much more about someone than what we can see in person. I hope you'll share more.

  2. It's wonderful that you've shared them with us. Your mother looks so sweet and gentle in this picture.

  3. She looks so mature and confident. When I think of some other seventeen year olds . . .And lovely, of course.

  4. Yes. The stories and the photos are a treasure. Looks as if meeting your father was a positive event in her life. She does not look lost, as so many do at age 17.

    1. Sadly it was not a positive event in her life, at least not from my perspective. My parents had a very unhappy marriage.