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September 7, 2015

Some years ago I wrote: 

 

"FOR CHARLOTTE’S SAKE

 

It occurs to me that no matter how discouraged I get, never to give up – for Charlotte’s sake. She never had the opportunities I have. She would be incredulous at my having them, let alone at my then giving them up. 

 

So I’ll do it ‘for Charlotte,’ whenever I feel discouraged.”

 

Charlotte was my maternal grandmother. She died of cancer at 50, twenty years before I was born. I have one photograph of her, in which I see that she also died of exhaustion, despair, and a broken heart. 

 

Charlotte was born in a slum in Victorian London. Census records show she was a live-in nursemaid before she was 14. 

 

She would have been illiterate, and unable to vote. She spent her life doing the most menial of work - like scrubbing other peoples’ floors on her knees - a virtual slave to her circumstances. Her husband left when...

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Ruby j. seaton, PH.d

holistic teacher. artist.
art therapist. psYchotherapist.

 

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