Echo the above. Very sad news.
Echo the above. Very sad news.
Condolences Burge. Never easy although she'll be in a better place.
I'm still trying to get my head around the fact that your grandmother has just passed when mines have been dead since 1991 and 1992 respectively.
Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts. Her funeral is this arvo.
I think the secret to her longevity was not living in as **** a climate as Scotland, furball. She had my mother at 22, and mum had me at 24 or so, so she was a grandparent before 50, which wasn't uncommon back then. But yeah, I was lucky to have my grandparents as long as I did. He died suddenly in 1995, and she batted on for another 19 years.
What Fred said is spot on. She was born just after the Great War, where her old man fought on he western front; had her childhood through the depression, her young adulthood and first years of marriage were ww2, including having my grandfather away fighting for nigh on four years. She lost a son at four to leukaemia in the early 50s, if he had that illness now he may well have been saved. Once he died, they were distraught and they decided they wanted some commmunity involvement so they founded a cricket team which grew into a cricket, soccer, netball and softball club which is still going today and through which tens of thousands of kids and adults have played sport. She ran the first canteen in a tent they used to set up, and sewed the first soccer shorts because the players couldn't afford to buy their own. It's a heck of a legacy to leave behind. And you do lose that link to the past. She would tell us about relatives who were born back in the 1800 and something's, and provided a link back to pre federation. Fmd her old man was a carpenter on the building of the first Parliament House - they had to move to Queanbeyan while he worked there when she was three, and live in a tent while he did his job. Queanbeyan is a ****ing cold **** hole now, I can't imagine what it was like then.
Anyway, I miss her already. She was a great lady.
Last edited by Burgey; 15-05-2014 at 02:34 PM.
Yeah. Losing people is never easy to deal with. Sorry to hear it.
Ah,must be terrible losing someone like that. Condolences.
I'm one of those unfortunate ones who has never had the pleasure of grandparents' mollycoddling. All four passed on when I was really young.
Got through the day ok, thanks for the thoughts.
I reconciled her passing by concluding that she, understandably, could bare the thought of living in Tony Abbptt's Australia.
Started reading the ASOIAF books this weekend. GI Joe - come at me bro.
I think you should only do it if the reason is that you are a big fan of the show and want to enjoy getting to know the whole lore and to be fair that is a great reason for doing it.
Aside from that, his vision, story and characterization is fantastic but his dialogue, narrative and prose in general is decidedly mediocre bordering on cringe-inducing at times. They are not bad books by any means but there are too many all-round amazing books to spend time reading books with glaring flaws IMO.
Well I don't know, I like the prose a lot tbh.
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