The Daily Prompt : Dream

When I read the prompt Dream, my thoughts went back to what my grandfather, my father’s father, had written about his early life. He was born in 1893. He and his parents and other family members lived in a small village in South India. He went to his village school till 4th standard. There were no High schools near his village and living in the city was too expensive. His father and uncles were agriculturists. So he had to discontinue his studies. He was very disappointed as it had been his dream to get higher education. He had to give up his dream. In the following years due to bad management his father and brothers lost their home and property. His father shifted to the nearby city and got a job there. This was in 1909. My grandfather joined school again, he was 16 and joined 6th std or First form. In every person’s life there comes a turning point when life changes for the better or for worse. My grandfather continued his studies and completed BA Honours in 1920. He was a teacher all his life and gave good education to his children, and his legacy continues, his dream lives on.

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This photo is of my grandfather, his parents and family. Sitting on the right is my grandfather and behind him standing my grandmother. This photo was taken in 1924.

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11 Replies to “The Daily Prompt : Dream”

  1. What an inspiring story – triumph over disappointment and loss. But more than this, your grandfather handing his dream on to others, and giving them the means to realise it.

    1. Thank you Tish, My grandfather’s children grandchildren and great grandchildren are lucky to have had good education. My grandson will be starting school soon 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing your grandfather’s dream and triumph over obstacles with your readers!
    Coming from a similar background, with a grandmother who was very sad to not have a chance to continue her education, and having heard her stories, I know how much that generation yearned for the education which is so easier (relatively speaking) to obtain these days.
    In writing this, you are immortalizing your wonderful grandfather. Kudos!

  3. A beautiful photograph of some very determined people. My own father became a teacher from a humble background, so I understand your feelings about education. The more you have, the better human being you will be!

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