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Re: "Let sleeping dogs lie."
In Response To: "Let sleeping dogs lie." ()
I heard it from my Grandmother. My aunt was trying to create a family tree, and "Granny" stalled her at every turn before finally relenting and providing (thru many tears) a detailed history. In her case, we kind of determined that there were two main issues that disturbed her. The first one being that she was the product of a unwanted liason between her mother and the slave owner. We tried to assure her of the fact that it wasn't her fault...and her mother had only done what was necessary for her own survival and the survival of her off-spring. Also, she needed to consider the fact that her mother had experienced the drowning of a (then) teenaged sister by the overseer...so she knew the possible danger of resisting. The second issue was the fact that being born when she was, my Grandmother was able to receive an education...whereas several of her older siblings were not. The lack of communication skills (reading/writing) meant that though siblings and other relatives may live somewhat close...if it were more than a day's travel by horse & buggy...contact was usually lost...sometimes forever. AND...I guess recalling the stories of how her siblings had (otherwise) suffered under slavery did NOT make reliving and talking about the stories any easier either.
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