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Marina McIntire

Oh, my! Thank you for that. I had more than one "Trixie Pearson" in my life. I can only hope that I served that function for at least one other young woman. And, yes, my back story has a few wrinkles and interesting twists itself. Thanks for that reminder.

tea and cake

I know! When I answer 'housekeeper, on a private estate' people say 'oh' and move on - never knowing, unless they ask, the 'back story' that brought me here. I always try and remember to ask people more questions, and am tickled by their stories - it is fascinating.

Mary

Reading this post, I thought of my mother, born in London in 1909 and required to go to work at 14 in order to support the family. Though formal education stopped at an early age, she was a prodigious reader all her. One particular interest was the history of the American Indians. We once attended an event at an Indian village in Andarko, Oklahoma where my mother sat down the with Chief for more than two hours discussing Indian history. He didn't want her to leave because he was so excited to speak with a British woman who knew so much about his tribe.

I know she would have loved to have had more formal educational opportunities, but she certainly made the best of her circumstances.

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