Thank you all so much for your kind comments and wonderful memories you shared on my last post, they meant a great deal to me. It was obvious how much we all miss our Mums, and how lucky those of us are who reach our own retirement years before we lose that precious person. To everyone who is loosing their Mother slowly to Alzheimer’s , hang onto the memories of your Mum as you support and love her through these final years. And of course the same goes for Dads, siblings, cousins and friends. The support I have received from family, and friends old and new has been so welcomed and so helpful. Poems and music have been chosen and tears shed. I have stomped about the lanes and pulled up weeds. I am getting there.
So I thought I would tell you more about this picture.
My Dad is the one with the Dalmatian dog, my brother the one with the curly mop by the dog’s face. My friend J is the little girl at the far end , and I am next to her holding onto to the little girl (well spotted Rachel). My Mum is next to my Dad holding onto her cardigan.
Next to her are the parents of my friend J, both also sadly no longer with us. The lady at the far end is also very poorly, but at 94 has had a pretty amazing life. All those adults reached at least 90 years. Reckon it must be down to the bracing winds across the North Sea at Scarborough.
The girl standing up is S. As you can see she was little older than the rest of us. Two beach huts had been taken that year, by the three families for a fortnight. As you can imagine S found the company of us children a bit bothersome, and so spent time with the grown ups. Apparently, and I have forgotten this, we took over one of the beach huts and court marshalled her for consorting with the adults, and found her guilty as charged. Not sure what the punishment was.
I had not seen S for probably 40 years or more. She moved away, I moved away. We both came back but our paths didn’t cross. My brother told J’s brother St about Mum and St told T, who is S’s brother, and so the news spread. And on Friday afternoon she dropped by to see me, and the years melted away……
You see the good thing is she remembers my Mum as she is here in this picture, not as the frail old lady she was last week. And that really helps…
Take care, and thanks,