I had to make a new poster for my blog to ease my wait for Season Four.
It's helping a wee bit.
I'm not sure how I'll manage to get through this Sunday without my dose of Downton Abbey. I was a latecomer to the PBS program, thankfully directed there by a dear blogging friend, and have thoroughly enjoyed all three seasons. Violet's zingers are the best. First Sybil, and now Matthew. Thank goodness Bates is at least out of the slammer. I'll be able to survive until season four knowing he and Anna are cozy in their cottage.
It might be a coincidence that I've spent the last month or so catching up on this most successful British television program while I've also been uncovering some exciting history about my great grandfather who was born and orphaned in Manchester in 1874. He is the one 'great' in my family that we knew the least about. I have spent many happy hours searching and building trees on all branches of our family on Ancestry.ca.
|Canada Post Commemorative Stamp|
Grandpa Shaw was one of the British Home Children that came to Canada in 1885 at the age of 11 years. Between 1869 and the late 1940s, over 100,000 orphaned and abandoned (not all were) children arrived in Canada from Great Britain. Up to 70,000 settled in Ontario.
These children, ages 6 months to 18, were sent by organizations who believed Canadian families would welcome them into their lives.
Many worked as farmhands and servants for room and board and faced considerable challenges and hardships. But with great courage and determination, many went on to live productive lives.
There is much controversy about the program and the fact that part of the reason it was conceived was to ease the labour shortage in Canada. My great grandfather was a wonderful man and did very well for himself. For him, coming to Canada was a blessing. Although we still do not know anything about his circumstances before being taken in at a Boys Home in Manchester, we are grateful for the care he received and I look forward to learning more.
|My great grandparents on their wedding day. February 22, 1906|
So while I contemplate the happenings in the final episode of Season Three and learn about our Manchester connection -- all while I recover from the stomach flu -- I will try and keep life and Matthew's untimely loss in perspective. Somewhat.
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