I grew up in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, a and have lots of Gillis relations in Antigonish County and in Cape Breton as well. This book brings back fond memories of my paternal Grandfather, John Hugh MacDonald, who was like your Nana to me. Thanks for bringing back my memories of my wonderful Grandpa. He spoke Gaelic too, and had many hardships as a child because his mother died in childbirth with her tenth child; she was only 38 years old.
I love the way your words flowed out of you – so close to your heart that you almost didn’t have time to think. You brought me to tears on many occasions by the depth of your passion for your lovely Nana.
The Gillis families of eastern Nova Scotia are in the forefront of my mind these days. I would love to correspond with you and perhaps we can share more memories of yours and mine.
God bless you, Susan and your children. I am sure they bring you great joy, as you did to your parents and Nana.
Marlene MacDonald Cheng
Victoria BC Canada