MANIC MONDAY LINK
My mother told me once that I have blue blood in my veines ! Of course I wanted to know why, as we didn't live in a castle but in a house and my parent's name wasn't very noble either. We didn't have a butler or a maid, only a cleaning woman who came once a week but she wasn't any Russian blue blooded girl either and her parents hadn't escaped the revolution.
The story was very simple. When my parents wanted to get married in 1942 they had to prove until 3 generations, that there was no juif in the family otherwise they couldn't get a marriage licence because of Mr. Hitler. So my mother had to dig in her ancestors past and discovered that her grandma had been an illegitimated child ! Can you imagine what that meant at that time ? Her great great grandma was born in 18 something and her grandma around 1880 and being illegitime at that time must have been just terrible. But apparently it hadn't been the case. Great Great Grandma was employed in a castle and was responsible for the laundry, counted bedsheets and underwear etc! Apparently she also was responsible to see how the underwear looked on the Count, because as a result was born a little blue blooded girl which became the mother of my grandma. Strangely the most important papers had disappeared apparently the Count didn't want people to know that he had another child besides the official once.
Of course I was very intrigued and wanted to see the castle in which I should have been born if my great great grandma hadn't married a simple teacher, my grandma a railway station employe and my mother my non blue blooded father. But still I can pretend that in my veines blue blood flows ! (although a lot deleted)
If my Great great grandma, my grandma and my mother hadn't spoiled my future by marrying these ordinary men I would live today in such a castle
and this picture would hang amongst my blue blooded ancestors !
and I could sign :
Lady Madame Gattina the Unique of St Fritz by Lustigstadt