My Great Grandmother Agatha was a force of nature. As a young mother on Cape Cod, she hunted for fowl in the marsh, one hand on a shot gun with her eldest child securely tucked into her duck bag.  For me it is an iconic image.

          She brought five boys into the world.  Her husband was a wild partying man with only one arm due to a hunting accident as a teenager in the marshland.  Hunting for ducks one fine morning he had inadvertently leaned on his loaded shotgun, and as the story is told, his boot caught the trigger and his arm the bullet.  It never slowed him down though; he continued to hunt both duck and tail, so to speak. He had a reputation of sorts.  Those genes by passed me. However, I like to think I won out with the tough woman genes.

          Grandma Agatha was fierce.  She not only raised those boys, one of whom was my grandfather, but she also painted, and wrote poetry and articles for the local newspaper.  She was an amateur historian who painstakingly traced our genealogy back on the Higgins side.  In mid 1620’s Richard Higgins arrived on Cape Cod and along with other local men bought land from the Nauset Indians thus establishing Eastham.  He farmed the land and raised a family. After his first wife died, he remarried, left his two eldest sons and moved to New Jersey buying 200+ acres of land.  I too made the journey from Cape Cod to New Jersey; apparently it was in my genes.


I also like to think I developed my love of writing from Grandma Agatha. In the season of giving thanks, it seems fitting to remember those whose efforts before us have become our foundation in this life.  She is perhaps only a branch of my lineage, but she has influenced me deeply. Grandma Agatha died when I was young, grammar school age.  I confess to you I believed she lived on and at that tender age I imagined her still in my life, not only in my genes but in my heart and in spirit.


About Angelnurse0513

I am a hospice nurse who has been writing spiritually inspired books for the past seven years. I have written a children's book called "Little Star" which is available in ebook format I am currently writing a novel on spiritual love and the afterlife and looking for a publisher. It is my deepest wish to help with the transition from this world to the next whether it be through my work in hospice or through my written words. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have.
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4 Responses to Foundations

  1. Bud says:

    “bought land from the Nauset Indians thus establishing Eastham., (Info source for your 1st effort !)
    Grandma Agatha was fierce. but she also painted, and wrote poetry and articles for the local newspaper.” ” For me it is an iconic image.”
    Now, I am grateful to Grandma Agatha for all those genes she transferred down to you ! I’m sure that she is proud of what you have done with them.

  2. donna says:

    Go Granny Go!!!!..She was Great!….

  3. virginia says:

    I love this post. Says it all about the pioneering spirit of the first Cape Codders. Not only dealing with the environment but also dealing with their own inner family issues. I think you have a lot of Agatha in you!!

  4. Carol says:

    I’m sure your Great Grandmother Agatha’s spirit is inspiring you, and celebrating the woman you’ve become.

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