My Treasure – Dominique Vanden Broeck
‘Photograph of my maternal grandmother Louise Dubuc in original frame, 1920s’
‘This photograph was given to me by my mother, in France, about 10 years ago. It is the only photo of my grandmother Louise Dubuc existing today and I believe she was a very special woman because of her strength, values, and creativity. I like to think I take a wee bit after her. Louise was one of 18 children. She left school at 14, trained as a cook, but left service in 1922 when she got married. She brought up 5 children having to cope with a difficult husband and just before the war decided that enough was enough and kicked him out. She was a woman ahead of her time and I admire her for it’.
Story written by Dominique Vanden Broeck, originally from France and member of Ballymena Friendship Club.