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A Nameless Woman

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

As we were taking photographs in the cemetary the other day we came across a sad grave from 1910:

It appears the baby, Kathryn Trow, only lived 18 days. This is sad in and of itself but then the nameless mother was buried at her feet or vice versa without any recognition at all. This woman will forever be unknown, forgotten deceased mother of a deceased baby. This makes me think of all the forgotten women, all the women who die(d) in childbirth. All the women locked up in insane asylums because they misbehaved or refused to follow the directions of a man. All the women who spend their whole lives devoted to children and never receive acknowledgement, let alone a thank you.

To all the forgotten women, I want to say thank you, and I think of you. And for Kathryn Trow’s mother… you are not forgotten. I will write a story about you, give you a life, a name, a story. And even if it is not true, it will be something to call your own.