Sunday, 2 August 2009

Sunday Scribblings "Anticipate"


G'Day,
The Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is "Anticipate".

Elizabeth.
Did you ever anticipate that a hundred years or more after you were gone, there would be a great great grand daughter that you had never met, and who had never seen you, but would still have you on her mind?
Did you ever anticipate that she feels you beside her when times were tough?
Did you ever think that the trials you went through in your life would show her how strong you were, even though she only knows a small part of your story.
She is proud to have a tiny bit of your blood still running through her and her children's veins?
Did you know when your children were taken from you because you were the wrong colour that she would remember you and your pain in losing them?
Could you anticipate that there would be a direct line running straight from you to the future and to her family, and many other descendants?
Or that she would envision your image and try to make a sculpture of you?
Or because she felt you were unable to speak up for yourself against government policy of the time that the sculpture would be built with no mouth to symbolize that inability.
Maybe you believed thought that the ancient blood of your ancestors would disappear in your choice of a partner of different ethnicity, which was what the government envisioned. It hasn't.
That your G.G. grand daughter only found out about you by default from one of her cousins. Her father, your great grandson, hid the fact of your aboriginality from her to protect her and her sister from the negative public opinion that he grew up with and denied. Even though he was often asked about his looks. He grew up in different times.
Could you see him walking down a bush track with his girls, showing them the beloved bush, with a switch of gum tree to flick away the tiny bush flies on his back, or blowing a loud whistle across a gum leaf.
Did you know that the sound of a didgeridoo would go straight to her heart or that the colours of aboriginal art would inspire her to carry them through?

Elizabeth.
Here's to you girl!
Here are your 3x great grand children who still carry your blood.
A candle lit for you and each of my children.
Another for my husband and I.
The little bottles that the candles are burning in are from my niece's wedding. Cassandra, another of your 3x great grand children, who now has 2 more decedents of yours to be proud of.
Your blood lives on. You survived.
I wonder if someone so close and yet so far in the distance from me, will ever know my story....and yours?
Love Linda.

24 comments:

Old Grizz said...

Linda - what a great story and very well written. A truly beautiful honoring of your great great grandmother and your heritage. You inspire me.

Understanding Alice said...

what abeautiful way to write about your family history... thank you for sharing such a personal story x

anthonynorth said...

An excellent look at family history, and how the past impacts on the present.

Serena Shay said...

What a wonderful family history and a great way to write it. I hope each of the great grand daughters has your letter to keep and share with their children. :)

keith hillman said...

What a lovely and very personal piece. There's a lot to think about here.

Dee Martin said...

I love this so much! It is beautiful and loving and so special. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Giggles said...

This could make me weep.... so heartfelt, deep and powerful! You took this prompt in a unique direction, thank you for sharing such an incredible story! Love the art, and poetry too! Very inspirational all around! I am left pondering.....

Hugs Giggles

Tammie Lee said...

This is a lovely piece! It is quite interesting to consider that in a 100 or more years after we are gone there could be a relative longing to know us.

Mountain Mama said...

This is a beautiful post!! It touched my heart deeply.
I sometimes have thoughts like these. Doing genealogy takes our thoughts to places many people never know of.

Sorrow said...

For a piece fraught with casualties, she is lovely.
Your love and honor for her shine , It is a treasure both the words and the deed and the heart that loves so fiercely!
You are an amazingly talented lady, and your gifts are so precious.

Seher said...

very nicely put. sure the dots connect and make our present.


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