The task this week: Tell us your alternate history story in 250 words or less.
I think our lives are made up of ‘what if’ scenarios. We all have had those moments where what if we weren’t standing in that spot where we met someone, saw something, heard something, what difference would it have made to us and where we are now.
For me, I have wondered about my great grandfather. In the 1860’s he went from Ireland to the USA and fought in the Civil War.
He was wounded and from what we know married a woman whom we know very little if anything about.
After the war, he returned to Ireland and obviously, a single man he married my great grandmother. In that time, the famine in Ireland was raging, and he had a small family, and as there was very little in the way of prospects and as he had a brother living in Australia he packed up his family and sailed to Australia. Hence that is how I came to be here as a descendent of this brave man and his wife.
But there is the what if factor as well. What if he decided to return to the US and to take his family there where opportunity lay, and it wasn’t as far from home as Australia. It was the factor of family that determined where he would end up. He had very little in the way of prospects it was starvation or uncertainty. Had his brother been in the US I am sure that is where I would be today.