|Joy and her dashing young husband, Mike.....my mum and dad.|
Yesterday I received a phone call from one of my mother’s friends. Irene and my mother knew each other when they were 15. Irene is now 80, and my mother, who would also be 80 now, died 30 years ago. I haven’t seen or heard from Irene in well over 45 years.
We had a lovely chat.... about her children, who I remember playing with as a child, and about what has happened to her, and to me in the last 45 years ago and of course, we also talked about my mother. The phone call lasted well over an hour, we had lots to catch up on.
The conversation has led me to think about my mother’s friends, who were such an important part of my growing up. I remember them all being very beautiful, and I remember them being very important to my mum.
Doreen, who, we all thought looked like Elizabeth Taylor, was crowned Miss Wembley sometime in the early 50s.
Joan, who was my favourite, and my Godmother,( we have always kept in contact) was similarly gorgeous, Irene was very pretty, and my mother, who I think was just stunning, was famous for her 21 inch waist. In fact, Irene even mentioned it in our phone conversation .
|Joan on the left, Joy, my mother, on the right|
The 4 of them were teenagers together, they learned their secretarial skills together, they got their first jobs together, they went to dances, they experimented with alcohol together.... and sex I expect. They “dated” dashing young men together, were bridesmaids at each others’ weddings and then spent time together as young mothers. Now, the 3 that are still alive, are all 80 and all their dashing young husbands are dead.
What things they have seen....born in the early 1930s....childhood in the depression, and the war, teenagers in the immediate post war world, and young mothers in the Cold War. These are times that our children learn about in history lessons, and for Irene, Doreen and Joan, they are times that seem just like yesterday. Irene and I will now keep in touch, and I'm going to see if I can find Doreen's phone number.