How far can you connect back in time?
Can you play ‘hand to hand’?
Here’s how to do it.
St Justin Martyr (c. 100-165, feast day June 1st) most probably learned from those who had learned from Jesus’ own disciples. We can imagine him shaking hands with a disciple of one of the twelve disciples.
Connections of this kind – hand to hand – can be fascinating and it’s surprising how quickly the years can be spanned.
As a boy I lived in a small village in Teesdale in County Durham. I remember visiting an elderly lady in the village, Miss Gowland, who told me how, as a young girl she had had a great adventure. She had visited London to see the celebrations of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1897.
Another family story tells of my Great (Great) Uncle Douglass Mawston, who lived with his sister, my great grandmother, in the house where I was born, until his death in 1951. As a young farmer Uncle Douglass had a very elderly workman on the farm who as a boy had been at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Several years ago The Times had a series of letters encouraging a simple game under the title ‘Hand to Hand’ inspired by an article by the famous journalist Bernard Levin.
So join the game. It’s simple. Here is my first example: As a boy I shook hands with a lady who told me of seeing the celebrations of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1897. That takes me from today, in 2016 to 1897 in one handshake.
My other example, I shook hands with my mother, who shook hands with her uncle who had shaken hands with a man who had fought at Waterloo. From 2016 to 1815 in three handshakes…
What hand to hand have you – taking you back to an event or person in history?
You are welcome to share your ‘hand to hand’ through the comments below. Thank you.