He answered me with a straight face, “It’s funny you asked. Boy, I haven’t thought about this for years. My grandfather, your great grandfather, John Kelly, had always told me about having a ticket to get on the Titanic. That was how he originally planned to come to America from County Cork Ireland. But something happened. I’m trying to remember…he said he was called into work and didn’t end up getting on the boat.”
“He had to work?!” I asked, completely surprised someone would pass up the event of the year for work.
“That’s what he told me,” my father said.
“You’re pulling my leg aren’t you? It’s one of those tall tales Irishmen tell over a few beers.”
“Nope. He was serious.”
“Did you ever see the ticket?” I asked.
“No. Didn’t ask.”
“Do you really believe him? I find it odd that someone would rather work than get on the Titanic.”
“I believed him. He was my favorite grandfather. He and I were close. If he said it was true, then I believe him.”
“Why didn’t you ever tell us this story growing up? This is the first I’ve heard of it.”
“I don’t know. I forgot. I just didn’t think it was that important.”
With that new knowledge, I was left to ponder, Did this really happen? If it did, it's a pretty amazing story.
Strange things do happen around major crisis events. On the day of 9/11, there were people who didn’t show up for work for one crazy reason or another and were spared. There were people who didn’t get on the planes that crashed.
It could happen, I thought.
I attempted to verify this story by contacting a few Titanic research organizations, one in County Cork, Ireland. They told me that a pre-board passenger list did not exist, just a post board passenger list. So, I could never verify if John Kelly was actually scheduled to board the Titanic. I guess I’ll never know for sure.
That Christmas, after the Thanksgiving revelation, my father gave me the movie The Titanic. It was the last Christmas present I ever received from him. He passed on in September of 2000.
Every time I see the movie Titanic or hear the theme song, I think of my family legend and wonder if I would even be alive today if my great grandfather had made a different decision that fateful day 100 years ago. It’s one of the mysteries of life and the Titanic which will never be answered.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
R. Ann Rousseau writes about metaphysical, spiritual and astrology topics on her blog Explore Beyond the Usual. She is author of the new novel Portsmouth, A Love Story.
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