"Today is my sister Susan's birthday. Susan is the youngest in a family of seven children and being the eldest, there is a 14-year age span between us. Indeed, I was travelling around Canada and America as a young man when Susan was a mere 7-years old.
Consequently, though we be born to the same parents and into the same household, we were born in different times when the world was rapidly changing, along with the structure of close family units. Not surprisingly therefore, our respective recollections of being reared are so different in our individual experiences. Indeed, until more recent years when me and Susan have grown much closer, I didn't really know her, nor she me. Today I'm glad to say that the strong bond between both eldest and youngest of the Forde Clan provides a vital link between all seven of us and our Irish heritage. Each of us know who we are and where we come from; the Fanning family of Portlaw, County Waterford and the Forde family from County Kilkenny. It any of us are in danger of ever forgetting, we can rely upon our Susan to quickly remind us!
On the 31st,March, Susan's daughter, Evie Brown gave birth to Reuben, the latest boy child in our extended family. Reuben's birth not only reflects new life, but brings to his grandmother Susan, a source of happiness which will sustain her for many happy years to come. His birth will also mean one extra birthday card to add on to the extensive family list!
Welcome to the world Reuben Brown and many congratulations to his mother; my lovely neice Evie Brown. Happy Birthday Susan. I love you little sister. Billy x " William Forde: April 11th, 2014.