My connection to London
The Back Story
I need to tell you all a story about a young girl in Northampton, England. She was the youngest of four siblings and her name was Grace. Her only brother went away during World War II and when he returned, he found that Grace was the happiest little girl and loved playing with her sisters, cousins, and the American soldiers, so he nicknamed her Gay.
Gay began working in a small restaurant called Wedgwood Cafe when she was 14 years old. With her first paycheck, she bought her mother a set of glass bowls, which were kept in the family, and ultimately returned to Gay just a few years ago.
During World War II, Gay met a young soldier from America in the restaurant and they were instantly smitten. They began spending a lot of time together and as some teens do, they became very close very fast. The two were married and Gay became pregnant, but the young man had to go back to America soon after, leaving his new bride behind.
Gay gave birth to their beautiful red-headed baby girl in England and then boarded the Queen Mary for a week-long journey to join her groom on his parents’ cotton farm in Texas. The couple were happy together and continued to build a family, eventually having five children and settling in a small house in Fort Worth, Texas. Those five children grew up to give them six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren (with one on the way).
In 2004, the young soldier passed away, leaving his bride to finish her days in America. She was sad and she misses him, but she continues to live her life and enjoy her family and she claims that although she misses her family in England, she loves America and would much rather be here.
That young beautiful lady is my Granny, my dad’s mother, and she is my inspiration for wanting to visit London, at least one more time.
A New Generation
Now, let me tell you another story about a young girl. She was born the middle child of three girls in Irving, Texas. She didn’t have a brother until she was 18 when her dad married her stepmom and her only nickname was Porcupine when she was a baby because her hair stuck up straight.
Her first job (at 16) was a jeans inspector in her mom’s jeans factory, but within days of starting, she also began working as a clerk in a movie rental store. She worked two jobs for the summer and then had to quit the factory when school started up.
This girl has somewhat of a pattern of holding down two jobs. She has always either worked full time and gone to school full time or worked a full time job and a part time job simultaneously.
When she was 18 years old, she saved up her own money and traveled to England with a friend in hopes of connecting with some of her roots. Instead of taking in the sights and learning about the country, she slept, shopped, ate at McDonalds, and ran up a ridiculous overseas phone bill.
In May 2007, she was 30 years old and living the single life and she met a man online. They began spending a lot of time together and as some
teens thirty-somethings do, they became very close very fast. They were married and the girl gave birth to their first son and now she is working hard to create a fun family and has unrealistic dreams of having five children like her Granny.
Yeah, that’s me I’m talking about up there…
My Granny is a beautiful woman and she has so many wonderful stories to tell about her childhood in Northampton, England. I wish I had the time, and she had the energy, to travel to England again so she could tell me all of her stories. I wish I could write it all down and share it all with you and preserve it all for myself.
Heading back to my roots to kickstart my future
Along with my dreams of fully knowing my roots, visiting England again, and the whole five children thing is another dream to create a future for myself and my family in which I am more present. I want to be home for my boy when he gets off the bus from school. I want to be available for class trips and treats during the day. I want to (gasp!) have dinner for my husband when he gets home from work.
I want to be a Work At Home Mom
There, I said it. It’s on the internet now so it must be true. I want to be a blogger, social media manager, virtual assistant, WRITER, and I’m taking the steps to do that.
You see my posts about shopping and the crafts, donations, gifts, and more and I’ve told you about my love affair with Social Fabric. Because of these opportunities that Collective Bias has given me, I am able to see what a fun family is like. I am able to picture myself writing and blogging full time. I am able to envision myself as a WAHM. And now, I have the opportunity to visit England again and learn about blogging in the UK through Cybher conference in London.
Collective Bias™ is heading to London on June 1 for Cybher and they are sponsoring one blogger to join them! I want to be that one blogger!
Update: I did not win the trip, bummer!
I still want to be a WAHM and still want to go to London. In the meantime, I think I’ll try to learn more stories about my grandmother’s childhood!
Where would you travel to head back to your roots?
I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This post is an entry for a chance to win a ticket to Cybher in London through Collective Bias®. #cbias #SocialFabric All stories and opinions are my own.