This photograph of my grandmother was taken when she was 12 years old in 1919. She's wearing her school uniform and standing at the gate of her home in London, but I don't know where in London her home was - another of those questions I wish I'd asked.
This is the only photo I know to exist of my grandmother as a girl, and it makes me wonder why this is the only photo from that time that remained in her possession? There must have been others, maybe passed down to her siblings, and then to their kin. Or was this photo a fluke? A one-of-a-kind thing?
I'll never know. But I sure am glad to have this captured moment of 12-year-old Mary Dreaper's life, now a treasured family heirloom, to pass on to my children, grandchildren, and beyond.