Julia's Dear Husband has had a very nasty accident, & so all positive thoughts will hopefully help to speed a recovery. Julia knows I am not a religious person, & I don't pray, but I know a lot of you do, & believe your prayers have power.
A domestic accident, a fall from a roof. I am terrified of Gom threatening to get on our roof, & having a fall.
It has been a long weekend, & it has been hot & sticky, steamy, humid, ghastly, for my mere mortal body, with all it's faults.
On the other hand we have spent some lovely time with family & friends.
Yesterday we had another visit from our DogTech man. Leo has passed his preliminary probation with flying colours. He performed very well considering he is such a dominant male dog. He got a good report. He performed very well on his first outing, & did all the requisite obedience tasks, so we were very pleased. He is trying very hard to control his urges to bark. He is a good influence on Honey, hopefully.
I think too, the owners have been trained to a certain extent!! Haha. Which is probably more than half the DogTech man's task. We are very pleased with our progress, & modification of Leo's behaviour, so feel it was not wasted time or dollars.
And the DogTech rep?
The 'voices of the past' part of this blog, is next... just taking a bit of time to get around to it! But after all, it wouldn't be me, if I didn't beat around the bush!
This is a copy of a Wedding portrait. I was sent this wonderful photo by a cousin, who is doing a lot of research for family tree information, & trying to collate all he can, about our long gone relatives.
We are unsure of the identity of this couple. My Beloved Brother & I agree, the Groom looks rather pleased with himself, & perhaps a little
The poor Bride looks very apprehensive, & it may be due to the constriction of the dress in the waist region? I am fascinated with her dress, & how elaborate it all appears. I feel some serious 'brass' might have been invested there- or perhaps a talented relation or mother might have created it, with love & devotion.
This next photo is of a known, & loved Great Aunt. Here she is pictured with a Niece- we are unsure of which niece, sadly.
This Great Aunt was greatly love by my brother & I, as children, & I know my mother dearly loved her as an Aunt.
Her story is very tragic. She was stricken with Polio when she was 18. She was engaged at the time, & as family lore has it, she released her fiance from any obligation, as at that time, Polio could result in death, or severe disability.
As it happened Mary, which was her name, was left with a limp, & a turned foot, which necessitated shoes, & slippers which needed to be tailored to her disability. I often used to wonder about the cad, who was her affianced, who deserted her, on an easy 'out'. I wonder, did he really love her, did he regret his decision to opt out of their 'contract'?
Mary was a gentle, beautiful person, who was loving & quiet, with a wonderful bubbly sense of humour. How sad her life was, really. She nursed her mother until her death, then her father until his death. A cousin, who had been Mustard Gassed in the First World War, came to live with them, & Mary took care of him until his death. A lonely, sad, life, spent in the devotion & care of others.
Mary was a non identical twin, & her twin sister got married, & had a family. I know Mary would have made a wonderful mother. Perhaps the Niece she is nursing in the photograph is one of her twin sister's children. She was always gentle & kind to us as children, & we were very sad when she died, alone.
Recently, a loved Aunt, from another side of the family, told us she had burned letters she had written to her then-to-be-husband, while he was in Prison Camp during the Second World War. She also had the letters he had written to her, & those were destroyed also.
As it happens, the Aunt is our Father's sister. Her Husband-to-be was our Mother's brother. We have always felt a special closeness to both of them.
On hearing of the destruction of the letters, my brother was shocked, & said our Aunt should not have destroyed the letters. I could see both points of the argument. I know from past experience, I don't always want someone else reading my letters. I know in time, it is irrelevant, & it is always so interesting & intriguing to read old letters, from people who have gone ahead.
I can also see my Aunt's point of view. Not wanting her heart & soul exposed to others. As she said, they were her words, & his words to her, so she didn't feel the need to share those with anyone else. My brother was sad. I am inclined to agree with my Aunt.
I wonder, is that a female reaction, or is it a general reaction?
The 0dd thing is, I find old letters so intriguing, & I love stories that are based on facts, often gleaned from old epistles.
Would you like to think your letters of agony & perhaps purging of personal griefs, or pain, were out there for others to read?
Would you like to think your love letters were left for posterity, & other readers to pore over?
Seals & Crofts, We May Never Pass This Way Again.