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Mary & Tom - My Grandparents

by JennyT (writer), Melbourne Australia, August 31, 2013

A letter - A piece of prose - Non Fiction To my Grandparents who lived in Rochdale England.

Dear Mary and Tom,

May I pen a letter asking who you were? I know you are my grandparents, but that is sadly all

Grandpa we never met, I have no stories of your life - this I only blame myself? for the questions were never asked - how sad that I did not

So please I ask forgiveness, as I never knew you as a lad?nor the trials you faced in life, witnessing the wars

I know not how you met 'your Mary', or how you sang or even laughed how regrettable, that all I know of you - are your old photographs

Grandma.. we did meet, but was for the shortest while, a child of eighteen I came to England to see you the first time. You took ill, a stroke struck you and I tended to your body, such an english rose with you hair of silver curls, porcelain skin, rosy cheeks, in floral dress and string of pearls

And I was young and so naive and went 'round countryside and fell in love ..or so I thought, when your death I read by telegraph and I the one too self absorbed - even to attend, this regret, in life I have and I carry it to my grave for I thought of only me, so I ask for absolution - for not honouring you in death

I shall make amends, though I know not where you lay, to pay respect, to show? my love - Australia's so far away

I cannot lay a flower nor stand with my head bowed. I cannot say "I'm sorry" though I yell it now out loud. Your life, like Tom's I never knew, only now that I have aged - I wish I could have known you more, with remorse, I turn the page

Non-Fiction - to my Grandparents - I keep still, in silence, in memory of you.



About the Writer

I am the Author of The Empty Nest- A Mother's Hidden Grief. (EPub) This is available through Lulu and Amazon. The memoir is the story of my life as a mother, with an emphasis on the unspoken grief, which accompanies the process of letting go of one’s children as they grow up. As much as a mother loves her children, she must endure, at many stages of their growth, the pain of losing them. The inevitable “cutting of the ties” culminates when the day arrives for her children to leave home. For many women, this time coincides with profound personal changes of menopause and fiftieth birthdays. My own recent experience of this process prompted me to revisit my life as a mother, and to delve into the journals which I had kept since I was pregnant with my two daughters, some twenty years ago. The journals reveal the learning curves of motherhood and I was able to use this material to form both the chronological backbone of the memoir, and to expose the “heart” of the story in the touching and personal moments that I had recorded. Here are the links if you are interested. http://www.lulu.com/shop/j-m-kadane/the-empty-nest-a-mothers-hidden-grief/ebook/product-20361003.html https://www.amazon.com/author/jmkadane
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