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The Gift of a Name. — 4 Comments

  1. Geraldine, your story was so sad to read but at the same time gives us a good understanding of the sacrifices families had to made during the time of the Great Depression. I have heard tales of how it affected my own ancestors here in Australia, but times were obviously much harder in your homeland of Michigan. Thank you for sharing your story.

  2. Hi Geraldine, what a sad story, but told with your usual skill. The situation faced by your mother and aunt was probably replicated many times, but that doesn’t make it easier to bear. It sounds as if your mum was determined to give her children a better life. Thank you for sharing.

  3. A wonderful insight in the harsh times that many of our parents experienced no matter where they were in the world. Hard working parents just wanting to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table for everyone. As you mentioned it was the eldest children that often suffered the most. My Mum was made to leave school at age 13 and go to work, until the place found out her age, but Grandfather could not send her back to school as he could not pay for the uniform or books etc. My mother always regretting not getting her full education, but she also had a “Saving bone” and in that one drawer in the kitchen you could find anything you were looking for. Hard work and a need for security has always dogged my mother. So thank you for writing this, brings back memories of what my own parents had to endure during the hard times.

  4. A tragic story beautifully told. No wonder your mother was so determined to improve her life, and save. We stand on the backs of our ancestors’ hard work and achievements.

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