Uncommon People

I hoped you like last week’s post about rescue dogs. Most of the last week has been taken up with the Ryedale Dog Rescue pop-up  shop. And we’re doing really well: over £2000.00 taken in three days. Napoleon said that Britain is a nation of shopkeepers: if we are it’s a great way to meet people. I’ve spent quite a few hours talking to all sorts of people In the shop. I don’t know if it’s because we’re a charity shop, but customers seem to open up about themselves with a gentle bit of encouragement.

What strikes me all the time is that all of them, no matter how ‘ordinary’ their lives might seem on the outside, has a unique story to tell. Many of these go untold, which is a shame. In 20, 30 or 50 years time, these people will be gone, and their memories and stories with them.

That’s why I’m determined to make sure our family’s history gets recorded. My sister and I want to leave some record behind of all the people that made us what we are. As far as I can see, we come from a muxture of miners, cotton weavers, railway workers and so on. Ordinary people that don’t normally leave much of a legacy behind. Hopefully we can change that in some small way.

I suppose you could say our ancesters were just common people, but I don’t think they were. I hope my family turn out to be as uncommon as all the unique, fascinating and intriguing customers I’ve met in the shop this week.

I think it’s going to be a fascinating trip into the past, part archival research, part historical study and part imaginitive reconstruction of people’s lives.

I’ve made a start on sketching out who our ancestors were, back to about 1800 so far, but there’s a long way to go before a clear picture emerges about our family. I’ll keep you posted here.

The rest of this week’s going to be busy with shop business, so I won’t be writing a Friday post this week, but I’ll be back next week with some pictures.

Regards

Dave

 

 

 

 

One Reply to “Uncommon People”

  1. Hi Dave It’s great the work you are doing for the dogs trust keep it up. I did enjoy paws for thought and the lovely picture of Sally. Look forward to next weeks pictures

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