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Too Sentimental ??

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AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2013 16:30

I treasure a lovely letter my Mum wrote to me not long before she died - she told me how proud she was of me and how proud my Dad was too!!!

Also have a letter I wrote to Mum when I was seven - she was due to give birth to my sister so I was sent to live with an aunt and uncle for two weeks - they should not have sent me away really, wrong thing to do - the letter is heartbreaking - I start off with "to darling Mummy" and ask "Will Daddy come to see me this weekend" and also say "Auntie Emmy has not had to smack me since I've been here as I've been very good"

to go home at last and rush upstairs to see my Mum and find her in bed breast feeding my new sister was horrendous - I just turned tail and ran out of the room


Barbinsglos Report 26 Jan 2013 17:11

What lovely stories from you all, makes me wish I had even more than I've got

Lovely story too AnnC with your letters. Hope you've been a good girl ever since :-D
I love to see my mums handwriting too :-)


AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2013 17:17

of course - always good me!!!!!

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 26 Jan 2013 17:31

Think ZZzzz words sums it up.

Carol :-(

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 26 Jan 2013 17:41

Me too, I have loads of cards and sentimental stuff. I brought a lot back form my Mum's after she died and found amongst the things, the Parish magazine showing her and Dad's wedding details, which showed me I had been wrong thinking she was married from the church she went to Sunday School at, I hadn't realised she was married from my aunt's after leaving home to go in the Land Army and her father moving into lodgings.

I have all the cards my son has ever sent me, nearly 30 yrs worth and many other things too. Even some letters I wrote my Mum and Dad when I lived away from home.

Ann, it must have been hard for you to see your Mum with the new baby.

I was left at my aunt's home when Mum went into labour with my brother. She told me years on that I broke her heart, sitting on my potty (I was only just 2) and saying Poor Bizzy hasn't got a Mummy now ( I couldn't pronounce Elizabeth lol) I am sure my aunt gave me lots of love and affection, she was more like a Grandma as my Gran had died way before I was born but I obviously didn't understand where my Mum had gone even tho I think we were living at aunt's at the time before we were allocated a council house a few weeks later..



AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2013 17:56

very hard Liz - we never ever got on and now don't speak at all - my whole world was turned upside down and was never the same again - not my sister's fault of course, but she didn't make it easy - whereas I was always good [trying to to sound smug here] and always did as I was told and treasured my dolls and books, she was the opposite - so naughty, destroyed my treasured belongings - very hard to like her


GinN Report 26 Jan 2013 18:08

I've started to clear out my Dad's apartment, and have found their Diamond Wedding cards, so I will definitely treasure those.
The only cards I have kept are my wedding cards, and still have all letters from my Hubby before we were married - it was largely a long distance courtship.


Joeva Report 26 Jan 2013 18:21

In June 2010 I sorted through 4 drawers of photos, cards and paper memorabilia from family and friends over the years. I did manage to part from quite a lot of what I had amassed but kept all cards for every occasion from my immediate family.

When I told my son what I had kept he said I should have chucked the lot ! Not much sentiment there then !

In July 2011 my daughter died and I am so glad that I still have all the birthday, mother's day, Christmas cards, thank you notes etc that she sent to me.

I don't look at them much but knowing that I still have all the lovely messages from my daughter is wonderful and reminds me so much of all the good times.
:-) Jo


AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2013 18:36

how lovely Jo - they are to be treasured for sure


Barbinsglos Report 26 Jan 2013 18:40

So sorry to hear about your daughter Jo but how heartwarming that you have kept all her cards to you.
My stepson died 15 years ago aged only 29 and I have kept his first handmade cards and little models he used to make. Junk to anyone else but to me and his dad, so precious.
My son thinks the same as yours. Chuck it out. No way :-)


AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2013 18:49

my son's the same - asked him if he was interested at all in the family tree - response was "Well I don't like the ones who are living so I certainly don't care about the ones who are dead" so there we have it :-D :-D


Barbinsglos Report 26 Jan 2013 18:52

Mine is the same so I am doing it for me me me :-D :-D


Joeva Report 26 Jan 2013 19:05


I have never asked my son, but do wonder if he regrets not having the mementos that I have of his only sister. I know that he has photos but when I see and read the messages on the cards she sent to me, I can only wish that he could have kept the same to him. :-(



MotownGal Report 26 Jan 2013 19:10

I have my wedding dress, tiara and veil. Along with all our wedding cards, and love letters to each other.

How can I throw them away?



Barbinsglos Report 26 Jan 2013 19:10

Jo I expect he has thought about that and consoles himself with the fact that he will inherit the momentos from you
Could be eh? :-) :-)

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 26 Jan 2013 20:18

None of my children are interested in family history but my 14 yr. old grandson said he would look after it, hope when he inherits and the lorry arrives he still thinks the same ;-) ;-)



Barbinsglos Report 26 Jan 2013 20:24

A lorry :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

I got married in a suit and still have it and the hat. Cant get into it now of course. :-(

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 26 Jan 2013 20:35

What bothers me is that all these treasures we hang on to - letters, cards, photos, pieces or furniture, and in my case, a bug ugly clock - we hang onto them because they are a part of our own history, and they tell a story, a story invoving our family - but many of us know that other family members don't share our sentiments, so all those things we have saved and savoured are likely to get binned after we've gone. I find that incredibly sad :-(

Merlin -
the clock sits on the floor behind the settee because it is so big and so ugly - it doesn't fit with the decor or style of the room or the house, so I've nowhere to put it, but I cannot get rid of it because of the memories it holds. To me it's an ugly thing of beauty - if that makes sense!! If hubby and the rest of my family had their way it would be in the skip!
However, I thank you for your advice and I will take a close look at it - how does one recognise a French Movement?



Barbinsglos Report 26 Jan 2013 20:51

Karen, It is very sad but I try not to think about it. The only consolation is that we wont be around when it happens.

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 26 Jan 2013 20:53

Not far off Barbara, but I am trying to streamline it lol

Carol :-)