I keep this photograph of my Great Grandmother Susie with her sisters on my writing desk for inspiration.
She is the one on the right, and the more I look at her face, the more familiar she seems. Finally this week it struck me, I look like her. So, I dug through some old photos for comparison.
She was born Susanna Gehman on March 5, 1893 in Emmet County, Michigan. She married Elias Gregory and they had nine children. This photograph of me above was about age 14, and the photo of her is about age 20.
My mother and I often comment about her "Gregory Energy" and wish we had a better portion of it!
She and Elias lived on a farm and she cared not only for her children and husband, but also her mother and invalid brother who had cerebral palsy. They had two farm hands as well, and on the average day, counting three meals a day, she would have prepared 45 plates of food every day! And that doesn't even account for the many days that cousins would have been in attendance as well. Plus, they had a huge garden and "trucked" or peddled food to sell to others.
She lived to be 92, so I have fond memories of her. I'm a nurse. My mother, Edna, is a nurse. And my grandmother, Emma, was a nurse. And though, Great Grandma Susie wasn't a trained nurse, I attribute the trait for skilled caring to her. I'm sure she was a kind and caring nurse to her invalid brother. She was known to sing or hum as she worked in the kitchen, and I think of her when I hear my daughter humming in her room upstairs. My daughter, Emily, is twenty today and was born on Mother's Day, Happy Birthday Sweetie! Though she insisted at age five that she wasn't going to become a nurse, I see Grandma Susie's caring and cheerful attitude in her.
We still have some of Grandma Susie's daffodils, tiger lilies, and mint in our flower gardens.
So, who in your family tree do you most resemble?
How do you carry on those traits and gifts?
Does someone in your family keep old photographs?
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.
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