Aunt Daisy was my Grandmother's oldest sister and was born in Chicago near the turn of the 20th century. She would have been about the same age as Downton's Lady Mary Crawley. When she was 18 she was "married off" to her Father's much older business associate and left all she knew to go live with him in England. A year later she disappeared.
The family never stopped searching for her. One of her brothers finally tracked her down in Spain. The family received a single letter assuring them that she was alive and well but that she had no intentions of returning to them. Years later, in the mid 1950s, Daisy's niece Phyllis was in Spain and paid her a visit. Daisy had left her unhappy arranged marriage and never looked back. She found work teaching English and Art in Spain. Phyllis was struck by her independence and said that Daisy had led a colorful life, which included many adventures and numerous lovers. She never married again. Daisy lived out the rest of her days (as I like to imagine, quite happily) in Spain and on her own terms.
Happy Valentines Day.
thanks to my model, Anna in 3rd photo ~ all photos & content © Lara Rossignol