Stories Told

12 Apr

How are you doing?

I’ve been puttering in the garden a bit, reading a lot and listening too. One series of interviews I listened to the other day were seniors about the health crisis’s they’d lived though, they were all interesting but two have stuck in my mind. The first person interviewed was a 107 man who had lived through the 1918 pandemic. The other interview that really made an impression was a 72 year old woman whose parents were both confined due to TB, she’d never met or lived with her parents until she was six. Her story is what sparked me to come and post today.

This 107-year-old remembers the 1918 Spanish flu, and sees the similarities with COVID-19

It is Joan’s story that has left me with so many questions. Of course, it’s one story that can’t possibly be applied across all stories and as time has a way of changing how we view things, it’s quite possible there were challenges when she went home, but it is also a reminder to test against our ingrained biases, challenge our preconceptions of how something should and can be done. From the article

“Immediately after Joan Maxwell was born, she was sent to live with her aunt because her parents had TB.

The plan was that she would stay with her aunt, having what she called “a lovely childhood” in Surrey, B.C., until her parents recovered.

“I used to go and visit them. I could wave from the street,” said Maxwell, 72, who still lives in Surrey.

Her parents’ ill health persisted — and Maxwell says she eventually met them up close, for the first time, when she was six years old.”

But there’s so much more in the actual interview, do either listen or read the transcript which is more complex than the quote above from the article. Scroll way down the page till you find Joan’s interview that starts with:

PC: Joan Maxwell, let me bring you in. What is your childhood story about dealing with an epidemic?

“JOAN MAXWELL: Well, this was tuberculosis, which is a little bit different because it’s bacterial. But my mother had tuberculosis, and when she became pregnant, there was even a discussion about whether she was allowed to have a child. And they were allowed to have the child if they could give it up. But luckily, I had a family member who would take me.”


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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Adoption



One response to “Stories Told

  1. KPMominTexas

    April 12, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    I read the transcripts. Very interesting for sure! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person


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