Lots of young children try running away to explore the big wide world in particular. One of our sisters had just had enough of her family and wanted to find a new family, so threatened to run away. It wasn't until we were adults that we were mortified to hear this story from HER view-point. What she remembered was that we got quite excited when she told us she was about to leave, and peppered her with questions; "Which way would she go?" Where would she sleep?" How long did she think she'd be away?" "What would she eat?" "Did she want a packed lunch?" "Would she hitch-hike like her older sisters?" NOT ONE SIBLING said, "PLEASE DONT LEAVE WE WANT YOU!" This was the day she felt totally rejected by us all, and we never knew!
Marie: And yet another story!
It seems to be a trait of the elderly to tell stories and often repeat the same stories. As our family has a major Reunion in February 2015 I will tell a family story each day and NOT repeat it for 100 days. I will use christian names from our earlier generations as pseudonyms.