By Penn Smith
Last updated 2011-02-17
There was always this consciousness that there was a family history in Methodism. And one of the ... the things which I remember so much, is going into groups of older people in Methodism, and somebody saying, 'Ooh, are you one of the Rattenburys?'.
And it was always this thought of then having to admit that I was, and feeling over awed by the history of it. Because there was this remarkable series of generations. My grandfather's family - his generation, his bothers and sisters, were sort of seven remarkable people in their own right.
I've grown up knowing the history of this family and saying, 'This is setting standards which I don't feel able to catch up with'. So until recently not really following it up. Now, becoming fascinated because of some of things which these ... these characters did - what my great great grandfather did in York in 1840. And saying, 'Well, that's really interesting, I'm now treading the same streets and doing things in the same places as he did'.
I am relaxed about the fact that, 'Ok, I don't have to aspire to that - if I am not like that, that's my business'. So I can be what I am. I suppose it's ... a bit more content.
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