Have to admit not too much has happend to me this past week or so. I have had Jet lagg, absolutely felt like a Zombie. Looked like one too! I stayed on my own for three days. Then next day I felt so much better so let people know I was home. I was on facebook, but a lot of my friends aren't on computors, 'yet!'
Something that has happened in the last couple of days. I had a friend call over and he decided to clean my shed out. He's a bit of a bossy bugger, but this is one time I didn't argue. Well, would you? Anyway he brought out from under everything else; two containers that I had packed up with things I could not do without when I moved 9 years ago. That told me how unimportant possesions are! I was quite excited at first but when I uncovered everything there were a couple of photo's of my grandchildren that I want to keep and a book.
'I have been looking for this book for the last 9 years!'
I'ts written by A.L. ROWSE, he was a Fellow Of All Souls College, Oxford. He published this book in 1946, It's title is THE USE OF HISTORY. I read almost half of it and must say I couldn't always take in some of it, so I'm going to read it again, and hopefully by now I will understand more. There is one thing I remember that he said, and I've never forgotten. It was that, 'Every politician should have a history degree and they would then know, that war never settles anything.'
As most of you who have read my first book will know, WW2, circumstances then meant I never had much schooling. This became even harder after the war ended. I was ten, and I had to work in my parents corner shop. I missed at least two days a week at school. 'There were, school board men then, who looked for you, but not often!' I never did find out how to do Algebra, but really didn't mind! 'I loved history but never managed to get to the end of any King or Queens reign.' I wasn't allowed to bring homework home or have library book. My mother insisted that I had to work.
Right this sounds as if I'm being pathetic. But the one thing I can thank my mother for I could face the hard knocks that we almost all have in life. Also I had learned to be a Florist before I was thirteen and that helped me to make a living when my children were around seven and ten years old. Things were not easy. But I learnt how to, 'Pick myself up and brush myself off and start all over again, as the song goes!'
I consider I am lucky I have three great Grandsons and a delightful Great Grandson. I have friends here who I've had for many, many, years and just met some lovely new friends from the Fibromyalgia group, and also from here on my blog. I also have an adopted family in the USA. I have aready told you about the Civil Wedding of Ginnie and Gabe, and the new Great Grandaughter Abigail Jane. Also special friends Birthday's, so won't go on about how much I enjoyed being there.
I am also now very happy to be home I love England, Barrow-In-Furness, and Walney Island where I live is amazing. We are a hidden gem and although we have a little more crime than we used to have here in Barrow, we still are stastically one of the safest towns. We are a poor and neglected town, through being the last in line to be helped by Cumbria County Council. I believe we would have been a lot better taken care of if we had stayed with Lancashire, and I still feel I'm a Lancastrian by heart.
I'm quite oppiniated as I'm sure you will have noticed and I also I'm not always right. That's the beauty of being my age, if I'm wrong people think, 'Well what do you expect at her age. and if I'm right, they always think they thought it first anyway.' So every ones happy.' Right now, I'm looking out of my window and the sun's shining, the sea's blue and the birds are singing.' What more could you wan't?'
Well for some one who hasn't done much this week, I've written more than I thought I was going to. I'm going to look through my long lost book now. Then I have to go see my family. Joe who is my middle grandson is 21 tommorrow, where has the time gone?
Take care and be happy.