one from the archive for today's date by quietpurplehaze

one from the archive for today's date

My dad was born on January 12th, 1919, at White Cottages, Whitton, Suffolk, to Florence and Levi, a farm worker.

Strange now to look back at his life and all that happened. I was lucky that his younger sister, Betty, was able to tell me about his childhood.

One anecdote which I liked: aged 13 he won a crossword competition and with his prize money he bought a puppy from a farm in the village of Akenham.

He's 'giving me away' here of course (such a bizarre expression, not one for the feminists). By some strange quirk of fate he died on Ray and my 28th wedding anniversary in 1998. He did not usually send cards but that year he did. I opened it afterwards and I have it still.



Bert Martin: 12.1.1919 to 22.8.1998
What a wonderful memory and story Hazel, so precious
January 12th, 2019  
Wonderful picture, Hazel, and good memories.
January 12th, 2019  
Beautiful story, Hazel and a lovely photo
January 12th, 2019  
Wonderful memories.
January 12th, 2019  
What a special image and how wonderful to have you share memories here with is.
January 12th, 2019  
bep
Wonderful memories, Hazel.
January 12th, 2019  
Lovely memories.
January 12th, 2019  
Thank you for sharing this special memory with us Hazel!
January 12th, 2019  
Thanks for sharing your special memory.
January 12th, 2019  
Well that was a lovely coincidence Hazel, strange, I wonder if something in his head told him.....that will be such a treasured card. You look lovely in your wedding dress!
January 12th, 2019  
Wonderful memories.
January 12th, 2019  
A priceless image of your special day Hazel:)
January 12th, 2019  
That is a lovely wedding dress with a gorgeous veil.
January 12th, 2019  
Giving away has a much softer sound than bride price of medieval times. This is a very precious image.
January 12th, 2019  
beautiful memories haze.
I love the name Levi :)
January 12th, 2019  
Wonderful memory capture...My dad was born in 1919 too.
January 13th, 2019  
Lovely wedding photo Hazel and story. I love your wired bouquet much better than the bunches they carry nowadays.
January 13th, 2019  
A lovely memory
January 13th, 2019  
Lovely photo and an interesting story. It feels odd when you get letters or cards off people who have died just after they have passed doesn't it. I got a letter off my Mum just after she died suddenly telling me that she was going in hospital for back surgery. I didn't get the letter until I got back to Australia after her funeral. She never made it to hospital, she died suddenly the day before of pneumonia.
January 13th, 2019  
Happy 100th birthday to your dad - and born on a wonderful date!! It's eerie how some things happen - but treasures then for a lifetime :)
January 13th, 2019  
Lovely memory
January 13th, 2019  
Happy Happy birthday to your wonderful Dad!!!
January 13th, 2019  
BTW Hazel, what a gorgeous wedding dress you are wearing xx
January 13th, 2019  
@gigiflower @tunia @happypat

The veil was my "something borrowed', but I made my wedding dress from white crepe, fully lined and I remember spending a whole weekend sewing on those yellow appliqué flowers.
January 13th, 2019  
@onewing

That was a really sad time for you Babs, and for your mum. Thank you for sharing the memory.
January 13th, 2019  
A lovely memory to treasure. Funny, my dad was born January 11, 1918, one year and one day earlier than your father. Your wedding dress is lovely and can't believe you made it...one of a kind original! :)
January 22nd, 2019  
@gardenfolk

Thanks! After the wedding I chopped the bottom off the dress and wore it as a short one!
January 22nd, 2019  
Leave a Comment
Sign up for a free account or Sign in to post a comment.