Wednesday, 8 April 2015

My grandfather George

8th April 2015


My grandfather George - was born in 1900 in Pensylvannia. I didn't know him very well because when I was born  he was over seventy. I know exactly that his life was not easy. He was the man of two continents and so stubborn. His parents decided to take him to Poland when she was 10. She took part in WWI and WWII and survived the communism in Poland. He had 5 children and he didn't work but ran a small farm in East Poland to survive. But I remember him as a small girl while he was hunting for moles.


 My grandfather George in 1950s in Poland - on his farm. As you can see he was short with red hair.I am tall and luckily my hair is dark. But there is no doubt I am his granddaugher..
My grandfather's house. 


And my life is completely different and comfortable,.. I believe my grandfather would be proud of me. I love English and I am English teacher. And my favourite country is US. So it means two generations but the same interests.   
George died in April 1979 . I remember the celebration of his life - it was a great sunny and I wore for the first time my new brown sandals. They are my childhood memory...

14 comments:

  1. Gosia, lovely memory of your grandfather, and I'm sure he was a hardworking man, especially with a farm in the 50s. Looks like he had pretty simple means, and I'm happy that you have a more comfortable life. Love that you teach English.

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    1. Definitely he wasn't happy in Europe

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    1. Yes, in my opinion one continent is enough

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  3. Your family history is certainly unusual.

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    1. Andrew, I have had much more interesting stories. I am going to write them

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  4. It is fun to hear the stories of past generations and nice to have the photos. Those in the past had to work much harder to make a life for themselves and their families. We should count our blessings!

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    1. Cynthia, you are right. But George was indecisive where to live. And his decision was wrong looking back at his miserable life in communism as a citizen of US. He couldn't find job here so he ran farm..

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  5. Most of our past generation have to work very hard and their lives are much simpler than ours. Most of us, our present generation are so very blessed.

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    1. Definitely true the past was difficult

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  6. It's hard to imagine some of the difficult lives our ancestors lived given how fortunate man of us have been. I love your memory of those sandals. It's fascinating what creates childhood memories.

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    1. Mitchell, children remember unusual things ..

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  7. A lot of families had it extremely hard in many countries way back then ,even now....great to have a photo..

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    1. Margaret , I got the scan of the photo of my distant cousin fom Florida.

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