Mother (with necklace) Lorelei Lo
Daughter (hair parted in the middle) Lovey
Granddaughter (somber, wistful) Ambergold
M: raised by a Dragon; D: drank from a flagon; G: rode in a wagon.
M: collected shoes and pins; D: could not abide grins; G: was the mother of twins.
M: had a favorite lamp; D: was the hopping champ; G: loved to camp.
Had Mother’s Day been around and about in the 1800s, Edward Lear would have had to compose 2 loving limericks to celebrate the day. For you see, Edward was the 20th child born to Ann and Jeremiah Lear. Yes, you heard that right. And yes, that’s Ann #1. Ann #2 was Edward’s eldest sister, 21 years his senior. Owing to understandable family hardships, when Edward was four years of age, he moved with his sister Ann into a separate domicile, where he was doted upon by said sister for the rest of her life. So:
A pair of Anns had Edward Lear
from infancy on to help him rear.
His Ma, quite tired,
and his sis, more wired,
both helped to shape their Eddie dear.
I wandered through the looking glass the other day in search of Alice. I had a question I wanted to ask her. She wasn’t there, though. Neither Queen, Red or White, had seen her lately. Both Queens urged me to join them fishing for socks in the stream. I made an excuse, explaining to them how I really had to be home in time to spread marmalade in the garden. That seemed reasonable to them, and so I returned to our side of the looking glass and went outside to spread marmalade in the garden.