The Mother

To Come Soon

Lois Buch, Neville’s sister, found in Ruth a sister she never had growing up in the Buch family of the 1960s and 1970s. Like Peg, Lois was a guardian of her nieces, Genevievre and Marguerite, and an honorary aunt to her friend’s children. No one can replace Ruth as a mother, but Ruth always knew that she could depend on Lois being there for her daughters. Lois brings here a great insight to the person Ruth was as a mother, and the fact that, for Genevievre and Marguerite, Ruth will always be mum.

An Invitation to Join the Project

How do you explain the life of Ruth? How do you express thanks for her kindness and for your kindness in the hour of sorrow? How can you reach out and provide comfort?

Momentarily, we all struggle to find the words. The words are there, and they just need crafting into narrative. Stories of Ruth are what will explain, express thanks, and provide comfort.

As Ruth’s lover, life-partner, and her historian, I am favoured with a gift. I can bring Ruth alive in the pages of a personal history. It is a gift I happy to share with you, in time.

Like the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, I will build a monument for my late wife, but it will not be a tomb. It will be a monument of a living history. The Taj Mahal is not only the architectural design; it is constructed from sandstone, marble, bronze, paint, stucco, and gemstones. History is constructed from many stories with the skill in the historian’s design.

Would you help me? I would like to apply your stories of Ruth and you to the construction. Great personal histories requires many, many, stories, and I promise that, if you provide the material, you will find your stories somewhere in the edifice.

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