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The Mirror by Molly Doherty. Tuesday Tales Guest Post

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 7:40 PM

                  

                             

I am proud and honored to have a wonderful story


by Molly Doherty


as myTuesday Tales Post.


Molly is a very talented Irish Author.


She is also my amazing cousin!!






The Mirror


In the house I was born in there was a big antique mirror hanging in the hall. My great-grandparents made a wedding present of it to my grandmother on the occasion of her marriage to my grandfather way back in 1883 It was probably the only mirror in the locality at the time because my Dad often passed the remark that all twelve in his family, plus relatives and visitors had looked in that mirror. He used to say “What stories that mirror could tell if it could talk.”


Seven of my aunts went to The States. I'm sure they all had a last look at themselves in the mirror before their long journey to America, eyes filled with tears and my grandparents broken-hearted, perhaps never to see them again. I also had four uncles who went to the States. Likewise, they would have a last look at themselves, eyes filled with tears at the thought of going and perhaps never to return to their home again. 



Some of them did make the trip back home, but alas,  their parents (my grandparents) had passed to the Great Beyond. The mirror was still in the hall. No doubt, they saw a different face compared to the fair-faced young ladies and fellows they were since they looked in the mirror before they went. Some of them never made the trip home.

 
I came along and looked in the mirror, from being a baby and not understanding who I was looking at, to being a teenager and then an adult. Three phases of my life. In my time there were a few more mirrors, as most of the new house furniture had a mirror in them. The antique mirror is still there in my old homestead. The people who purchased our property never got rid of it.


What tales it could tell if it could talk. I can see it in my mind's eye even after 52 years when I left to get married. I have paid several visits to the house and somehow that mirror gives me a special welcome, as well as my cousins who now own it. There is always a cead mile failte for me.That mirror is of sentimental value to me. I admire the owners for showing it such respect by not getting rid of it. It is still in perfect condition after all those years.





Molly Doherty

(Maire Ni Ghardhaine)

Is a talented published author.

She lives in Ballina, Mayo, Ireland


Thank you Molly for allowing me to share your writing!!!




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12 Comments

Reply katie
8:44 PM on March 24, 2014 
what a wonderful piece to read.. full of sentiment, memories, history, family.. all things that resonate with me.. !
Reply iris B
5:54 AM on March 25, 2014 
what a nice idea to use the mirror to reflect on memories.
Reply morgan k wyatt
7:30 AM on March 25, 2014 
Thanks Molly for sharing your mirror tale. It makes me wonder if there is a real mirror behind it. I have my grandmother's mirror and wonder about the tales it could tell.
Reply V.L. Locey
7:40 AM on March 25, 2014 
What a wonderful tale! Thank you for sharing it with us, Molly.
Reply Sarah Cass
8:50 AM on March 25, 2014 
What a wonderful story...I love the touch of the mirror being a part of the family and seeing so much pass through it. Lovely.
Reply kathleen ball
10:10 AM on March 25, 2014 
morgan k wyatt says...
Thanks Molly for sharing your mirror tale. It makes me wonder if there is a real mirror behind it. I have my grandmother's mirror and wonder about the tales it could tell.

The Mirror is real and still in the house that Molly grew up in- one of my cousins bought it from her- I love the story thinking about all of my relatives that stood in front of it
Reply Mike T
10:25 AM on March 25, 2014 
Beautiful touching story Molly..
Reply lindsay
6:57 PM on March 25, 2014 
What a great story.
Reply Sherry Gloag
9:48 AM on March 27, 2014 
What a clever way to use the mirror to invoke memories.
Reply Jillian
7:14 PM on March 27, 2014 
I love this. So nice to see how she remembered the mirror from all stages of her life. What a neat entry for this week's TT. Thanks for sharing.
Reply Stefan
10:29 AM on March 30, 2014 
Lots of detail in such a short piece, I can almost feel the history.
Reply Trisha Faye
11:04 AM on March 30, 2014 
What a wonderful post to go with this photo prompt. THANK YOU MOLLY!
I loved it. I adore history and reflections on the past. This was such a nice piece honoring the families memories.
Oh and yes, I would LOVE to be able to hear the stories the mirror could tell.