...Grandfather had a high pile of pillows in bed at night. When he couldn't sleep because of his asthma he made models of ships; exact and beautiful models of the old sailing ships and tea clippers with each and every tiny detail correct and in proportion.
Grandmother's name was Mary-Ellen. I saw her only once. That was when I was three years old. She was eighty-four and it must have been shortly before her death. I remember my mother lifting me up and saying, "Kiss your grandmother." I leaned forward and did so.
It was a very small face for an adult. Mary-Ellen must have been a tiny lady, because my mother said she remembered Uncle Charlie picking her up and sitting her on the Welsh Dresser, saying as he did so: "Ma, if I'd realised how little you were, I'd never have let you wallop me when I was a youngster and had been naughty!''...
Betty McKay remembers her grandparents and other members of her family.
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