You are the fairy tale told by your ancestors.
-Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
I woke this morning knowing it was my favorite grandmother's birthday, Ella Esplin Lelash.
Born in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland, she blessed me and our world from 1904 to 1983.
|(L-r Sister Cathy, Mamie, me, Bump Bump, and brother Mike; Huntington Beach, CA)|
* Blessed me by birthing my precious mom, Clare Ann.
* Gifted me by renaming me "Lore" instead of Lorraine--a name too large she thought for such a wee lass weighing in at 6 pounds.
* Taught me how colors could be worn.
* Inspired decades of baking Scot's Shortbread enjoyed by dozens.
* Infused me with her devotion to God, the angels, family, and the sea.
|Baby--grandmother--Mamie with my great-grandmother, Magdalene Jane Watt Esplin.|
Out of curiosity, I scrolled the web for information about Mamie and came across a site my dear brother has kept updated. Reading the information about her and then, my great-grandmother, hit me like a lightning strike!
What I didn't know until this morning was that Magdalene, my great-grandmother, arrived into the world on October 13 in 1881.
After 65 years, how could I have missed that my great grandmother and I shared back-to-back birthdays?!
My birthday is October 14; I arrived 13 hours "late" at 1:00 pm.
Seems some of Magdalene's and Mamie's Scottish independence transferred to me. I celebrate knowing that I come from a lineage of great women.
What my research also uncovered was Arbroath's location; in my ignorance, l imagined all these years that it was an inland city--not so! As you can see from the map above, it's a coastal town on the North Sea and one of Scotland's largest fishing ports. Now I better understand my Mamie's love of the sea.
These research revelations were all early, unwrapped birthday pressies for me. Thank you, Google.
Indeed, I am a fairy tale that's still being told. I pray that they're proudly reading my story.
Do you really know your ancestry?
Perhaps it's time to check it out.