Friday, March 9, 2012

Roots

Yes, I admit it, I love Downton Abbey, and my interest most lies with the goings on "downstairs". I feel an odd sort of kinship. It's in the roots.

One hundred and two years ago today, a photo was taken of my great grandmother. I don't know whole lot about my family history on her side...


(Image: Downton Abbey)

...except that she worked as a domestic, a lady's maid, for a wealthy French family. From what I've heard, she was very loyal and devoted to her employer.


(Image: Downton Abbey)

It's interesting, isn't it, to think back on where you came from. And all the fascinating characters that have woven their thread into your DNA.


My great grandmother Mary Margaret N.

This was meant to be a repost, so if you'd like to read more, click here.

20 comments:

Kim Hyland said...

So now I wanna watch "Downtown Abbey" and make soda bread! I totally exploit my husband's Irish heritage this time of year! Thanks, Jodi.

Sara said...

Downton Abbey is marvelous! I'm so glad the ending was a happy one in this last season, and am eager for Season 3 to begin.

I know what you mean about roots...all those people whose genes we carry, who were they, what kind of lives did they lead, what were there character traits, what did they look like, and how to we resemble them and in what ways...it's amazing to think about and wonderful when little tidbits are known about them.

Southern Gal said...

I think everyone is on the Downton Abbey bandwagon nowadays. Too bad I don't have netflix or some other way to watch the seasons I missed. So I did what we used to do all the time...jumped right in the middle of this season. Going to read about your great-grandmother.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Pictures do bring our ancestors closer to us, don't they.....And yet, in this world we can't quite connect with them as we might wish.....Recipes bring them closer in quite another way.....I like this soda bread recipe! And I have buttermilk!

Beth Stone said...

Oh, I love Downton Abbey! Great acting, great story, AMAZING clothes! I can't wait for Season 3... It's neat that you have a "family connection" to that way of life - I'm sure that makes the show even more fun to watch. :o)

Rayanne said...

I watched them all and want more!!
Thanks for coming to my little bitty blog! Those purses all belonged to my Mother in-laws. She had them since she was a teenager and young adult, I use them now. What goes around...comes back around. hehehe.
Have a happy weekend friend.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

Even my husband watches downton abbey. it is...awesome. as is your great gran. as are you. seriously.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

i mean, i assume the soda bread is pretty great too but I've never had it, so I can't say.

Leslie said...

Oh, SO glad you re-posted about her! I missed that original post and it was so worth reading!

Leslie said...

Left a comment over there, too, so don't miss it ;)

Nancy said...

The Swede and I just finished season two last night. I have a serious dog crush on Isis.

So glad when photos like this (and the stories behind them) get preserved.

Cheryl said...

There is definitely a family resemblance. I love learning more about my heritage and the people that were part of it. Programs like Downtown Abbey give a tiny taste of what it must have been like. We love visiting the houses as well.

emily wierenga said...

it makes you realize how significant you are, how rich, your life...

Joy Lake said...

My husband also gets into Downton Abbey xD and I know a few other fianc├ęs that like it as well...

I never can get over how crazy the resemblance to you there is in that photo.

Aqeela said...

Weve seen all 3 seasons here in the uk, loved every episode! In fact, ive never heard of a person who watched it and didnt love it!
Aqeela x

Vicki said...

you were in my dreams last night, so i thought i would say hi. hi! i love your grannie's picture. i have heard a lot about this show, but i never watch tv. i really ought to start! it looks like one i would enjoy.

Jodi said...

Dear Everyone, thank you, thank you for the chatting that went on here. I've been away but I'm getting back into the swing of things. I miss you guys. xx

Rachel said...

Thanks for sharing, what a great story about your roots.I definitely am going to make that Irish Soda bread for ST Patrick's day!(I love buttermilk) I haven't watched Downtown Abbey yet but have heard it is good and am meaning to get around to it.

Emily said...

See, I don't go on blogger for a few weeks due to school, and I just miss EVERYTHING good. I can't believe I missed your downton abbey post! What did you think of last season?

Your grandma sounds like she had a fascinating story.

Emily said...

* great grandmother

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