About Christina Anderson
When Christian was but a school girl rowing across the Fjord to reach the school in the morning with her uncle, John, she noticed that John was not rowing, again. In one swift move, she caught John with her oar and knocked him into the icy water, much to the amusement of her schoolfellows (who rescued him). That story speaks volumes about her personality and character.
Christian was the daughter of a professor at the University in Oslo. She could have lead a comfortable life, instead she chose to immigrate to the United States so she could live a "real" life. She dreaded the endless teaparties expectied of a well placed daughter and wife. "Real" her life was. She raised seven children nearly alone, for the men she chose to marry became drunks (her daughter's father-in-law climed that she was to blame for this, and refused to marry her though they were neighbors and both raising families alone). She waited tables until she was in her 70's at a fine restauraunt in Minnetonka.
Her grandaughters remembered her as stern and impatient. When she was living with them, she made every effort to impart to them the ideals of women's liberation. (Which attitudes took some a liftime to overcome). Her daughter saw her only as a tired lonely old lady in pain.