Nature’s Child – Wild, Free and Adventurous
Ivy was an extremely active and energetic youngster growing up, and just loved being in nature. Remember she had spent most of her early life walking, running and ice skating in Labrador’s many extreme seasons.
Ivy also embodied the connection to the land and animals. Growing up in such arctic remoteness, her family’s lives were dependant on their team of huskies and she was closely connected to the dogs.
Such was her father’s reverence for his huskies, he never stood on the sled, thereby avoiding putting his own weight as a load on them – instead he would run alongside. This is how Ivy grew up. Wild, free, considerate and adventurous.
Ivy came from a long line of fur hunters and trappers, whose resilience in extreme and often dangerous conditions is the stuff of legends. They were also sustainable hunters who had their own areas which other hunters respected. Given the solitary isolation of these men, they were often out for four to five months at a time, in the wilderness, on their own. If they hurt themselves, they had no way of contacting anyone for help.
They also had no idea what was happening at home with their families, who had to survive without them. Ivy’s mother, Esther, was the eldest of six children. When Esther was 14, and her dad was away fur hunting, her mother, Drucilla, died during childbirth. Not only did Esther have to look after her siblings until her father returned, she also had the job of burying her mother, and telling her dad that his wife had died.
This is where the mental strength and emotional resilience of these amazing indigenous women was developed and handed down to their own children, especially their female children.
Likewise, children died from medical conditions such as appendicitis or whooping cough. Ivy’s mother was suspicious when strangers came through the region and visited. She’d heard that Smallpox was around, so she boiled up everything these visitors had used, from clothes to plates, pots and other utensils. Other people in the region died of smallpox, however none of Ivy’s family did.
This was the lineage of women, and men, that Ivy was born and bred from. Strength was in her genes and being inactive was never an option. Nor has staying in one spot for long.
Australia here we come
In 1971 Ivy’s life was about to change once more. Kelvin by now held a very senior and prestigious role in the company he had been working in for many years. The job however had begun to take its toll on him, and his parents back in Australia were getting older. This was also the time of the Vietnam War and racial unrest in America. Riots were escalating over the growing civil rights movement and riot police were using teargas to control the crowds. Both Kelvin and Ivy wanted their children to grow u