I'm intrigued as to why you labelled her a Novus Ordo Catholic, Meg. DId I miss something?
She has a fascinating story, and a most valuable education and knowlege of her own environment. Thank you for posting.
Seeing she is born into that life it is not at a hard life. It is hard not knowing how she will cope in her older years, but most of us have the same concern.
I grew up in Sydney with the usual services - electricity, h/c running water, washing machines etc, then when I married lived without electric and other assocated services like refrigeration for 14 years. It was not a hard life at all. In fact, it was a great life, just as hers seems to be. Free in more ways than one. It's a good life even if there's not an economic downturn. It's not so long since almost everyone lived like that.
What really irked me is the silly patronising attitude of the interviewer in the short video.
I wonder if her nephew will value his inheritance. I hope he does.
I labeled her a Novus Ordo Catholic because she attends the local parish, which I assume is Novus Ordo. I didn't intend to put her down in any way - I just wanted to make it clear that she is a Catholic, but attends the Novus Ordo (I assume). You probably noticed in the video (the longer one, I think) where
Margaret said that she's grateful for a strong faith.
I'm glad you like her story. I too wonder how someone like her would cope in her later years, and yes, we all have to think about that for ourseves, but hopefully she'll have a caregiver, or something like that. Being a spinster, she has no children or grandchildren to help her out.
It's fascinating that you lived for many years without electricity or h/c running water, washing machines, etc. I'd like to hear more about what that was like, if you feel like telling about it. You mention that it's free in more ways than one. I got the impression that Margaret Gallagher might feel that way too.
Yes, the patronizing attitude of the interviewer in the short video is quite annoying. I chalk it up to people who work in television being shallow.
I wondered too what the nephew will do with the property when he inherits.
My husband has consented to us maybe building a cottage similar to Margarets', with a similar set-up. I'm going to study how those cottages were built. Not exactly brain surgery, but it did take skill. My husband says no to the thatched roof though - it would be prone to fires.