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Tweets from the Past…….

Yesterday I became a Tweeter…..I swore I wouldn’t do it…but having signed up, I can see this could be fun:)

When I cleared my Mother’s house three years ago after she went into a nursing home, I found lots of very interesting papers, including numerous old telegrams…..the tweets of the past.   I have put all the documents and papers into large photograph albums so that when i die my children will be able to find everything very easily.     I might add it took me months to go through my Mother’s home…however, I am so glad that I did go through every drawer, etc. otherwise some real treasures could have been lost.

This first telegram is dated 1943, the year before my parents married.    They met at a chaperoned dance at the Royal Hasler Navel Hospital.     My father was a young officer in the Royal Navy and my Mother a nurse in the VAD – Voluntary Aid Detachment/Red Cross. 

My Father asks to meet my Mother at Platform one – Waterloo Station.    The train I catch from Waterloo to Hampton always leaves from Platforms one to four….the circles of life.

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The second telegram, is dated 1944 – 70 years ago – the year of D Day.    It is congratulating my parents on their marriage.    Given that my Grandparent’s house was in Wandsworth, my parents were married at St. Anne’s Church, hence the Wandsworth address.

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Tomorrow, when we commemorate the 70th anniversary of D Day…I will post a poem written to my Mother by a young patient in the Hasler Hospital….it’s beautiful, and a reminder that all those people who fought in the war were so young.

A Bientôt

When the mind leaves…….

Yesterday, I spent several hours with my 95 year old Aunt.     Up until thee years ago, she was enjoying excellent physical and mental well being….and then everything changed.

Aunt Peggy still looks physically very well for someone of 95, however what has changed is her complete memory loss.



Two years ago, I went with her to a specialist, and after brain scans it was determined that disease had set in…..what is incredible to observe is how rapidly the memory has disappeared.

I found this quote, which so beautifully expresses what I sensed yesterday.

“Grandpa’s mind had left us, gone wild and wary.   When I walked with him I could feel how strange it was.   His thoughts swam between us, hidden under rocks, disappearing in weeds, and I was fishing for them, dangling my words like baits and lures.”   Louise Erdich 

I dangled my words like baits and lures.    I talked about when  my Aunt and my Mother were part of the Voluntary Aid Detachment VAD/Red Cross in World War II…..and how they were both present at Haslar Royal Naval Hospital, in Gosport  Portsmouth, on D Day.   I told her that the 70th anniversary of D Day is coming up.    However, my Aunt couldn’t  remember any of it and no longer understood what D Day even was…..

I am pleased that I have been able to spend a lot of time with my Aunt while her mind and memory were still alive and also to observe the full and active life she was able to enjoy for so long.

I was reminded once again of the importance of living each and every day to the full…

A Bientôt