My beautiful Mum!!! Taken soon after WWll ended. Mom grew up in Lancashire England. Born after WWl (The Great War) and a teenager during WWll. She is now 92 years old and never really spoke of her growing up years. Until today! What a gift. Forgive me if I ramble yet we connected today and she shared so much that I had never heard before❤️. The conversation started after I had done some internet research and discovered that both my maternal great grandfather and grandfather had been married in the same church, Constable Lee in Lancashire. My grandfather taught Sunday school there and both he and his nephew, Billy, were bell ringers. Not the sort that you see outside stores with Salvation Army these days, but an orchestrated crew of strong arm men who would gather at the base of the church tower and with rhythm and dexterity ring the various heavy bells by pulling long woven ropes. A true art!! To this day, my Mum tears up with loving emotion when she hears a peal of church bells. This is not all news to me, just some missing pieces were added today.
What was real news is that her mother and father had a shop in Ramsbottom where my mother was born. Now, Ramsbottom is as odd name, but it has nothing to do with male sheep behinds. (I found out). “Ram” is an old name for wild garlic and “bottom” is a valley or marshland. So way-back-when my maternal family was from the valley where wild garlic grows! I love it. She told me more about this store. I will sort out my notes and tell you more tomorrow. ‘Tis the season to connect with those you love 💕.
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