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Thursday, March 15, 2018

MOTHER'S DAY X 3



THIS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2018 I HONOUR THE COMMON MOTHERS WHO HAD TO CARRY THE BURDEN OF THEIR TIMES;
1918
NO ANTIBIOTICS/CONTRACEPTION RARE, COMMON POVERTY/ KILLER DISEASES BUT THEY MADE THE BEST OF WHAT THEY HAD!


  from my DNA where RESILIENCE resides  
MADONNA AND ST. ANNE by Leonardo da Vinci



FROM LONDON CITY TO OUTER GLASGOW, CAMBUSLANG, LANARKSHIRE, SCOTLAND SOJOURN for my Great Aunt Margaret and Edward Palombo who guessed rightly there would be plenty of haircuts to do in the coal and iron town c.1911. They had one Barber/Hairdresser shop on each end of the High Street!

 In 1918 my GG Grandparents Henry and Alice Clark were hoping they would be reunited with their sons and daughter, and meet the grandchildren.

Do their sons return from War before their Mother dies?
                                     
 It is the day after Armistice. WAR IS OVER. THE WAR TO END ALL WARS.  1918  Now for some PEACE. NOW for Women's Suffrage, the Right to Vote. 


ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO BRITISH WOMEN over 30 with property were allowed to VOTE! Equality by law did not come easily(or being accepted by the committees of Trade Unions).
The Government's fudging brought some women to the view that violence was the only way to make change happen. 


The Suffragettes knew the lives of women would not improve as long as they didn't have representation in Parliament.  It would be a longer struggle to get a women MP's into Parliament.


Then to prove their weakened state of post-war recovery 50million people caught the 'Spanish Flu and died the world over. More than those sacrificed during the horrific War.

WHAT IS IN THE MIND OF GOD? I HOPE HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING THE MOTHERS MAY HAVE CRIED.


Around 1914 My Great Great Grandmother ALICE CLARK, TAILORESS was packing to move to Cambuslang, Scotland. She had Cancer of the uterus.
She was ill. Did the Doctor say, "Mrs. Clark you should visit your daughter if you want to see her again." Henry packed his TAILOR tools.





The Clarks hadn't seen Margaret and Eduardo since they lodged with them when the 1911 Census, Sth Kensington was carried out. ALICE doubted she would see all her children again, ever...except in Heaven.


When the men were at war, women like Margaret showed they were capable of running homes and business, and whatever else was needed. In 1918 Margaret was pregnant with her 5th child. She had lost one baby girl to Measles.

THE RIPPLES OF 1918

Henry and Alice Clark's  children were, Henry Edward, John Herbert, Thomas, Margaret and James Clark.

Alice's boys soldiered for British colonialism, being sent to Europe, India and my Great Grandfather THOMAS Born 1893 in Soho, was sent to Dublin to deal with the Irish Republicans!
It may have felt he was fighting his own kin with leaders called Thomas Clarke, and Kathleen Clarke. And Roman Catholics all... He named his daughter Kathleen and in honour of his Mother and sister, he added Alice and Margaret.

The couple had a baby boy in 1919 at the Ross family home in Longford Street Dublin, and a little while later left Ireland for the first cheap accommodation until Thomas could get work. 


MY MUM'S MUM was born at 10 George St. Glasgow in 1920. Honouring Thomas Clark's sister and mother, my Nan was called Kathleen Margaret Alice Clark. Her sister Marion was born in 1922.  A son was born in 1923 named Thomas, born 2 months premature, Aunty Margaret cared for her brother's child, because Christina was unable to.

My Gran Kathleen, born into a typical working-class
slum existence Feb 1920 Glasgow.

The children were boarded away from the pollutions and sins of the City. They were now Wards of the State and Catholic Church because their 28 year old mother Christina Ross (my Great Grandmother), died in the Glasgow Asylum and their Father Thomas Clark was sent to the Paisley Asylum. He was consumed by battles with Drink, Dublin conflicts, and Disease.

 Aunt Margaret cared for the dying infant, the consequence of inherited Syphilis.

MOTHERING SUNDAY could have been sad for these three GRAND/MOTHERLESS children, Herbert, Kathleen and Marion.

Then there were those children left behind by Alice from her previous marriage to Caspar,a German musician. Their cockney children may not have known where their mother was and that she died in 1918: Casper Lemmer, Prince Carl Albert Lemmer, Ludovic William Lemmer and Alice Lemmer. 

March-April; fourth Sunday in Lent

It was the custom in 17th-century England for Christians to pay their respects on the fourth Sunday in Lent to the "Mother Church" where they had been baptized. Also known as Misers, or Mid-LentSunday, this day usually included a visit to one's parents—to "go a-mothering," as it was called back then. It was common practice to bring a cake or trinket for the mother of the family. In England the favorite gift was the simnel cake, a saffron-flavored fruitcake topped with almond paste. In the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, the fourth Sunday in Lent is known as Laetare Sunday . The Introit of the Mass begins with the word "Rejoice" (laetare in Latin), marking a slight respite in the solemn Lenten season, hence the terms Mid-Lent Sunday and Refreshment Sunday . Priests may wear rose-colored vestments to mass, instead of the usual purple for Lent, so the day is also called Rose Sunday. Also on this day the pope blesses the Golden Rose, an ornament resembling a spray of roses, symbolizing spiritual joy.         www.christianity.exchange.com


Traditional Simnel Cake made for Mothers
IN THE MIX: Greco-Roman Cybel - honouring the Great Mother - Spring optimism - Latetere Sunday(Catholic and Protestant) - Secular customs 

A ROSE OR WILD FLOWERS FRESHLY PICKED OF EQUAL VALUE in the eyes of a Mother's Love. 

Further research on IRISH CONNECTIONS - CLARK/E : dirty-old-towns-glasgow-and-dublin-1920














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