This is where my family was living when I was born in 1953. The painting is by my grandmother's husband, Frank White. He was the youngest officer on Mongomery's staff. It was painted in oils on brown paper, and is rather crumbly. I was born somewhere around there -- Botley, or Bursledon. The photo is from the Botley website (www.botley.com). In Frank's painting, there is a jeep, and on the right a smithy. I never called her "grandmother," of course -- she was Mummy Barbara, and he was Daddy Frank. He was her third husband, and was ten years younger than her, although he died first. My mother didn't know her father, then she thought Malcolm John McKay was her father (she thought she was Scottish), until one day she was disabused of that notion, and Frank was installed. Mummy Barbara was 19 when Mummy was born, so Daddy Frank was between them in age. Mummy was married twice, and Daddy was married three times. Our lot (children) have but three marriages between the four of us. Must be something wrong with us.
Samantha got married at school on Tuesday. I only found out by accident as I was leaving, so wound up staying for hours. I got to talk a little with Geraldine, her mother, and I spoke briefly with Gerald on Sam's cell phone. Geraldine had the world's longest cell phone conversation -- she had it on and held it out so the boys could hear. In Utah. It made the ceremony slightly comical. Gerald and Leon were my art students. I had to take them out (years apart) and feed them dinner and try to get their assignments done, when they were in Ms Ogemahgeshig's class. Otherwise I couldn't get them. I saw them at the pow-wow last June. Then I heard they'd run away, etc., etc. They are back, now, one would reckon. Very good artists/filmakers. I bought Gerald a digital video camera so he could do more work. Cynthony and Levi's grandpa Alex was the officiating person for the ceremony. Sam is due in ... September, I think, and looks quite pregnant. She and her husband seemed quite happy. I don't remember his first name. He's from the Crow nation -- that's all I remember.
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