Wednesday, December 01, 2010
There's One In Every Family - My Na - Amy Estella Irwin
Creative Gene is hosting another Carnival of Genealogy, the 100th! Her theme this time is: There's One in Every Family!
My Na - my maternal grandmother - Amy Estella (Irwin) Scott - was the one family person who 'stood out' for me when I was young. Of course, I didn't know many of our relatives and my parents were usually 'just my parents'. I took them much for granted, I'm sure.
But my grandma Scott didn't seem like other grandmas. Not that she didn't bake cookies. She did! Not that she didn't have a tidy house or wasn't a churchgoing woman. She was all that. But she was also a very active woman all her days, liked word games and (clean) jokes, and happily flirted with the veterans at Shaughnessy Hospital's Red Cross Lodge in Vancouver where she was a volunteer for many years.
And in the years I remember her best she was already in her 70s. Then she was the one who took my brother and I out walking - scrambling down steep paths and climbing right back up them again. She never hesitated to get on a bus and ride off somewhere she'd never been, just to see what was there. So she's always been a role model for me.
Not necessarily for the baking and cleaning, but for her continued enjoyment of life and her interest in things new. Now I know she'd had some bad years, but it doesn't seem that they'd dimmed her interest in people and places around her. I think some of that at least did rub off on me.
Although we didn't always see eye to eye, she loved me, I know, and in later years, she was absolutely crazy about my son. So this Carnival of Genealogy is for her. (And I bet she'd be blogging if she were here today! She'd have loved the memes and carnivals.)