BRITISH HEROINE ... SYBIL STANLEY MYLES (WHITEHEAD)
NAN TOOK ON BRITISH CULTURES, AS IF THEY WERE HER OWN
In memory of my wonderful Nan, I write this for you. Gone, but never forgotten! (My Nan, is the lady in the blue dress on the left.)
I look at the state of our world, and wish that some people could be more like my Nan. She came to this Country from Burma. And I am very proud of her mixed blood. She is part English, French and Burmese. Nan took on British Values, as if they were her own. And stood up for her Country, by saving the £1. At the time I was too young, and stupid to understand just how important it was. But I do now!
My Grandmother may not have been born here. But what she did in her lifetime makes me so proud. She got in debt helping children all over the world. And don't worry, that debt got paid back.
NAN NEVER ONCE FORCED HER RELIGION ON ME, UNLIKE SOME EX FRIENDS
When my Nan died, I found out she was a Church person. Christian! Never once did she force her religion on us children. My mother tried to get me to go to Sunday school once. I told her I did not like it, and was not made to go again. All I wanted to do as a child was to play. And thankfully, I had family that understood the importance of freedom of choice.
That is what I love about my family. No matter what their religious beliefs are, they do not force them on other people.
Sadly, we live in a world today, where some religious people do not share the same views. They do not see us as human beings, if we refuse their religion. And can go out of their way to make our life a living hell, should we stick up for our rights, and point out the flaws in what they believe.
A true friend will never try and convert you to their religion. They will love you for who you are. I sadly have come across two people who I thought were my friends. But all they wanted to do was convert me to their RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. One was a Mormon lady, the other a Muslim. Both these women, because of their religion, have caused our family much hurt and upset. If you have friends that are religious, that do not try to convert you, then they are people that deserve respect, just like my dear old Nan. And my partners Grandmother, who also died a religious person! She too kept her beliefs to herself.
I may not be religious. But I try to be a good person. Surely that counts for something! I cannot help but feel that some religions are not interested in children and families, as all they care about is forcing their religion on the whole wide world. I really cannot see what good they do?
NAN WAS ORPHANED AT FOUR YEARS OLD
When I think about my Nan, I start to tear up (Teardrops.) I cannot help think about the dreadful childhood she had as an orphan in England. And how Social Services went out of their way to make her life a living hell. She went from one bad home to another. Forced to eat and sleep in a shed. Made to work as a slave. And when she was financially housed with a good, loving, white family. Who loved her, and wanted to keep her. Social Services said, "NO, AND MADE EXCUSES THAT HER SCHOOL WORK WAS NOT UP TO SCRATCH." So she was homed with another abusive family. But the good news is, Nan never forgot the kindness that previous family had offered her. Granny Richardson was indeed an amazing, and kind person. Who became a very important part of our family tree. And Nan always turned a negative into a positive! She used her sad childhood experience, as a way to help other children.
NAN DIED BELIEVING HER MOTHER COMMITTED SUICIDE
My poor Nan died, believing her mother committed suicide after the death of her father, who died in the war, serving GREAT BRITAIN!
Thanks to the Internet, a lady found me and told me my Great Grandmother Winifred Josephine Myles Melson, actually remarried. I can't blame her, because I know Nan's Grandmother was a total racist. And blamed her mother for the colour of her skin. Imagine, your own grandparents putting you in care, just because you are not white in colour. Heartless!
THERE ARE NO PHOTOS OF NAN AS A CHILD
There are no photographs as Nan as a child. But she made sure there were plenty of her children and grandchildren. THANK YOU NAN, I MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH!
Images of me, my sister and cousins. FAMILY IS ALL WE NEED!
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