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08 Jul Joan O’Flynn’s story of Hylda

It was hot, a very hot day, sultry, just before monsoon season, but there was exuberance in the air, there was love, excitement, and celebration. It was 1915 in Jamalpur India, during the colonial period of British rule, and perhaps ruin.
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08 Jun Kay Stone’s story of her mother

My mother was born in 1911 in a tiny rural town settled on the border of North Carolina and South Carolina. When she was eight her parents and their four children moved to Windsor, Ontario, and later to Detroit across the river, where two more children were born.
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08 Oct Kim Seary’s story of Patricia

My mother, Patricia Primrose Lazell, was born in Grays, Essex, England, on January 16, 1924.  She was the daughter of Harry and Ethel, and the youngest of three children.  Harry was a longshoreman at the Tilbury docks, and was a handsome 6’1” to Ethel’s 4’11”.  Ethel had had polio as a child and wore a special boot.   I remember my mother saying something about how her mother was bitterly self-conscious about her pronounced limp.
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16 Sep Colleen Winton’s story of Doris

When put together, the threads I have of my mother’s life resemble a kind of open woven fabric, a shawl perhaps –  a few bright strands with lots of holes. Still it's comfortable enough to wrap myself in and even find some warmth.
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10 Aug Bev Sauvé story of Dot

My mom, Dorothy Elizabeth Hodgins (nee Dodd, yes she was Dot Dodd), was born in Fort William, BC in the 20's. One of four kids, her closest sibling was my aunt Shirley who was only one and a half years her senior. They were perfect sisters - total opposites - perfect partners in crime. Shirl was brash and beautiful, whereas my mom was the sweet, innocent one. Shirl's nickname for my mom was Doe. Appropriate, I always thought, because my mom had big hazel eyes and resembled a doe.
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24 Jul Valerie Sing Turner’s story of Nancy

My mother, Nancy, was born in 1931, the second youngest of 12 children, the eighth daughter among nine sisters, raised on a sprawling farm in West Saanich on Vancouver Island. Her father, a peasant from southern China, arrived in Victoria in 1907. After settling on small farm he rented, he asked a friend if he had a sister he could take as a wife. But the promised sister was frightened at the prospect of marrying a complete stranger in an even stranger land, and her family, desperate to honour the arrangement, turned to an older sister, my grandmother – already considered an “old maid” at the age of 21 – and asked if she would go instead. At 44, her husband-to-be was more than twice my grandmother’s age; he was 61 when my mother was conceived.
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19 Jul Angela Parson’s story of Ada

Ada Stoute (nee Moore) was born August 14, 1935 on the tiny island of Barbados in the West Indies.  She was raised with her 2 brothers (O’Neil and Cameron) and 2 sisters (Ina and Etheline) in the county of St. John’s.  Her mother died from cancer when she was around 11 years old, I think.  Her name was Winnifred.  Her father lived to a very old age.  Despite being the youngest in her family, she left Barbados when she was about 18 years old for England, determined to work and bring her brothers and sisters to live with her. She left her first born daughter, Julie, with my father’s mother.  In those days, this was common practice. There were no paternity tests; the child was given the once over by the family and if the child resembled the father, that was that. First she sent for my father, Randall Stoute, and they were married in London.  Then, one by one, she brought her brothers and sisters and daughter to England.  Her second daughter, Angela (me), was born in England, June 19, 1963.  Her youngest daughter, Susan, was born August 10, 1966 in Toronto.
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12 Jul Jennifer Angeli’s story of Emma

I am writing to you and about you on my birthday. My first birthday with my daughter. I am surely blessed. Where do I start? I just want to tell you I miss you. You would like Sapphire Mignon. When she smiles at me my heart explodes and all is perfect. All is as it should be. How did you feel when I was born?
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18 Jun Patti Allan’s Story of Betty

"I was an oddball right from the start - a really weird kid. I smashed all the neighbour's flower pots and smacked their newborn baby at age 3 - I don't know why... I guess I wasn't getting enough attention. I went across the street into the forest at 4, and picked bleeding hearts to sell door to door for money for my piggy bank.  I faked sick from school, because I hated being harassed by bullies, and getting in trouble for colouring outside the lines." My mum - speaking about herself.
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