Article: Spotlight: Maria Ramspott (Maria): Wonderful and Remarkable Story

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Image Spotlight: Maria Ramspott (Maria)
By Sharon Brown on June 21, 2010

Very rarely do we ever meet someone who walks right into our hearts and remains there. Even more rarely do we ever meet one who has lived the history we have only read about in books. It is an honor for me to know Maria, and an even greater honor to share her story with you. Hold on to your hearts, my friends, because Maria will surely touch yours.

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Imagenap
Jun 20, 2010 7:16 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Is it any wonder that Richard fell in love with you?? Look at you. You are beautiful, and refined, and sweetly demure.

Your story here is extremely interesting, an your thread in Sharon's writers Cubit is rivetting. I have very much enjoyed reading both.

Thanks for bringing Maria to the Who's Who Spotlight, Sharon.
ImageSharon
Jun 20, 2010 7:59 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Nap, my buddy, my friend, my co Spotlight interviewer...you are very welcome.

One of these days when you least expect it, I'll be knocking on your door, Nap, and I'll say: "Boooo, Nap, this Spotlight's on YOU!!"

Thanks for reading Maria's Story. Isn't she one strong and beautiful lady!
Imagenap
Jun 20, 2010 8:38 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Oh yes, Maria is strong and beautiful and totally charming~

But about the other thing? Ummm, I don't think so. Thumbs down
ImageMaria
Jun 21, 2010 6:26 AM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Thank you Nancy, many times while writing my story I wondered how I braved some problems with such audacity,
but when one is young and without fear one does.
As one gets older and older fear overtakes actions that still may be necessary.
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
ImageDutchlady1
Jun 21, 2010 8:13 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Thank you, Maria, for sharing your many memories, painful and otherwise. It illustrates too, how many suffered in the war, even if they were not targeted.
My parents lived in Rotterdam and the last winter of the war they had nothing to eat either due to the blockade. Some of these stories are totally unknown. My DM once rode 100 miles on a bicycle without tires to get a sack of potatoes....
Hard for the young generation to comprehend.
Again, thanks for sharing.
ImageMaria
Jun 21, 2010 10:17 AM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Lots of countries suffered terribly in that war Hetti, all because of one man along with his cohorts.
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
ImageBoopaints
Jun 21, 2010 4:30 PM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
With tears streaming down my face, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading your story, Maria. Thank you, Sharon, for writing it. I will read part two later tonight.

I had chills all over my arms when I was reading of your past. And love filled my heart for the great love you and Richard shared. Lovey dubby

Maria, I totally agree: I can loose the TV but not the computer!!!
Becky
ImageTrisha_S
Jun 21, 2010 5:49 PM CST
Name: Trisha
Washington State
You can do almost anything for 15 m
Thank you Maria and Sharon for sharing this story with us....it is so important that those times are not forgotten. Love you both Group hug
It is never too late to be
What you might have been.
~George Eliot
ImageMaria
Jun 21, 2010 6:13 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Thank you Becky, I always have to remind myself if it had not been for the war I would never have met Richard.

Trisha, thank you and you are so right but too soon most of us forget things that should not have happend in the first place.
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
ImageMaria
Jun 21, 2010 6:19 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Trisha, meant to add I have been to your state several times it is one of the most beautiful states I have ever been too
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
ImageTrisha_S
Jun 21, 2010 6:37 PM CST
Name: Trisha
Washington State
You can do almost anything for 15 m
It IS beautiful Maria, but a bit on the cool side this year....we are still waiting for summer to arrive....the temperature, officially, has not been above seventy five degrees since early September. I love Mass. Bill I lived in Shirley for a short time when he was in the Army.
It is never too late to be
What you might have been.
~George Eliot
ImageThia
Jun 21, 2010 6:50 PM CST
Name: Thia Lord
Rhode Island
As her daughter, I have heard parts of Maria's "wonderful and remarkable" story throughout my life, but having it written out from beginning to end has made it even more meaningful to me. "Coming of age" in wartime is traumatizing, but, as you can see, my mother exhibited the courage, determination, and pluck needed to survive. Luckily she and my dad found each other and were able survive the war and to share a wonderful romance and loving relationship during their life together!
I want to add that I am deeply touched by the love and support given to my mother from all of you in this group; I know it means so much to her... Congratulations on the well-deserved honor of being in the "Who's who spotlight," Mom! Love, love love, Thia
ImageMaria
Jun 21, 2010 8:17 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Thank you my sweet and beautiful daughter
lots of hugs with love
Mom

Though you'd like to see her taking care of her baby brother many years ago, she was a great sister to her siblings

Thumbnail by Maria

Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
Imagenap
Jun 21, 2010 8:38 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Hello, Thia. Yes, we have fallen in love with your mother.

It's an honor to have you visit us here as well! It is obvious that your mom has passed on her good looks to you. You have a lovely smile, as does she.

And how sweet of Maria to allow us to see you in your youth! Thank you, Maria.
ImageSharon
Jun 22, 2010 8:51 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hello again, Thia....

Thanks for sharing your delightful Mother with us!

My computer took a small vacation yesterday and was unable to find its way back to Cubits until now. It's very nice to find you here.

Thanks for the picture, Maria. Your family is beautiful, just like you.
ImageMaria
Jun 22, 2010 9:05 AM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Thank you Sharon, glad you found your spot here again, I would miss you no end.

Daughters picked strawberries today and left me quite few, probably they are gong to be my meals for the day
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
ImageSharon
Jun 22, 2010 9:09 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Strawberries??? Oh, my favorites. They would be my meals for the day too, Maria.

It drove me pretty crazy too, when I couldn't get on the internet. I sure am glad it healed itself, because I don't know a thing about sick computers!
Imagedahlianut
Jun 22, 2010 9:32 AM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Thanks Shar for the wonderful interview and Maria thank you for making a thread and sharing your story with us. We must never forget the horror that occurs when there is no freedom or equality. Maria your courage and tenacity amazes me. No wonder Richard fell in love with you Lovey dubby
weeds
Jun 22, 2010 10:49 AM CST
Very interesting story that shows courage and strength. I enjoyed it very much, Maria.
Connie
ImageMaria
Jun 22, 2010 3:14 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Thank you DN and Connie, it makes all worth for me when it has been read
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana

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