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Aunt Daisy: A Love Story

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.

The End



Happy Valentines Day.


thanks to my model, Anna in 3rd photo ~ all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

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Reader Comments (10)

Love this story, perfect! Thank you!
February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRemmy Spin
So inspiring and love that last photo and the sentiment!
February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterApril Mann
Awesome story. And how cool to claim her as an ancestor. Happy Valentine's to you!
February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
I want to be an Aunt Daisy! This would make a great book!
February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvie Maso
I LOVE this ... what a strong woman (especially in that time period) and I bet she had a most WONDERFUL life as should we all. thank you for sharing!
February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCC
we all need an aunt like that to demonstrate the beauty of independence! i imagine she lived a full and truly happy life.
February 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersarah
daisy sounds like a perfect heroine. should you ever desire to write a book, i believe you've found your subject.

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbirdie blue
Love this post! Happy heart day!
February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNadine
Great storing and perfectly timed.
February 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrachel
go daisy (just had to give her a big cheer)!!! what a great story and so unusual for women at that time!
February 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternanne

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