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22nd July 2003

Happy and Sad

It's great having family living alongside the motorways - my parents live a mile from the M40 and I can sometimes pop in on my Mum and Dad when on my way to or from a client. Today I found myself turning onto the M1 more than an hour before a meeting that would take only ten minutes to get to.

Ah ha I thought to myself - I'll pop and see if my sister can spare a cuppa tea for a weary traveller. I have stopped by her house many times and more often than not find her out so I was surprised and pleased when she answered her door.

We chatted, I told her my problems and she sympathised. She told me her problems and I sympathised. She gave me my birthday present - it's lovely, thanks Jan, Simon and the boys. HAPPY!

Neither of us mentioned our parents.

Late tonight I had a phone call - my Mum asking me if I'd forgotten something........oh no - it's my Dad's 65th birthday today and, although I'd remembered and organised a pressie a week or so ago, on the day it had completely slipped my mind as I was so wound up in my own worries. 65 is a biggie here in the UK as it is the official retirement age for men so my Daddy is now a pensioner even though he has elected to stay on in his job for another year.
Daddy, I'm so sorry - I can't tell you how much I wish I'd not forgotten your big day (SAD)- now you can walk out on your job any time you want.....not that you will, of course, it's just nice to know you can eh?

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Jan Maddern (Ne Alstead) 27-Jul-2003 13:15
If only I'd known you were going to post a photo of your little sis here... I'd have done my hair, and put on my lippy, mascara, and earrings!!!!! Love you heaps Sis! It was great to spend some time with you... together we are stronger than the world, and no-one can get us down!!! Jan XX