Thursday, January 31, 2008

Babe Chambers (sister of Genevieve Ryan Wright’s mother) was youngest of 22 CountyClare siblings from 1 mother; (Still called Babe at 90.)

Custom was that youngest daughter stayed home to care for parents. (Babe had to.)

But her youngest were twins, Susan and George.
Susan saw prospect, fled to England. That left poor George.

He brought home a fiancée. Babe said, “You can marry when I die.” Fiancee fled. Babe died after 90.

George still lives, an aged bachelor. He plays fiddle at local taverns..”They like me; they know I’ll be sober the whole evening.” (He belongs to Irish ‘AA’, the Father Talbot Society.)

When we visited them in BallynaKelly in ’72, they went over to the tavern to get the food for high-tea. (Why should every house have a separate refrigerator?)
They had no indoor toilet or even a kitchen faucet (a pump outside).
Our 7-year old daughter asked, “How do you do dishes?”/ “We’re so rich we break them after every meal.”

Since Babe died, George has installed all the modern conveniences.

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