|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!!
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.
(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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