From when I was a small child
to right up until I left home
I was a prolific letter writer
If you were related to me,
a school friend,
if you had me to stay,
if you gave me a gift
I wrote you a letter
if you were a boyfriend
I wrote you many a letter!
After I had finished the letter
I would address the envelope with great care
I would race downstairs to my Father
and beg a stamp
but it had to be a pretty stamp!!
back upstairs, stamp on
I would put it in my top drawer to reread tomorrow
just to make sure it sounded alright
|Don't know where this beauty came from|
Now the time came when it was time to leave home
the time came to marry
the time came for my Mother to get rid of the junk
I left behind
We had left the chest that sat in my dressing room
and my Mother thought she would take it downstairs
but it was too heavy
she opened the drawers and found
|image by Yunhee Kim|
hundreds of letters
all addressed and stamped
with penny stamps and every thing else
up to 5 cent stamps!
(not a big jump in nearly 20 years!!!)
Not one of those letters
had ever been sent!!!!
in her wisdom my Mother
took those letters to the Sydney GPO
where the Postmaster, when told the story
agreed to send the letters as they were
this is a long time ago and Postmasters could decide things like that then
|Taken a bit of a Liberty here Benjamin Franklin image from Google|
Nearly everyone who received one of those letters wrote back
and said some really lovely things
not one of those letters was addressed to me
they were all addressed to my MOTHER!!!!!!!!
So now I don't write letters, not many emails, and I try very hard
to reply to you all but occasionally I hold back the reply
to improve it and, you guessed it, it stays in my draft file!
I never draft my blog I sit, write and publish
Frequently I have to edit horrendous spelling mistakes
and statements I didn't mean to make
but at least they get published!
If I comment on your blog it has taken
real effort to press the send button
so if I ever offend I appologise now
as it would not have been meant
I just write too quickly and sometimes it
doesn't come out how it should!
There are now 15 draft blogs on file that I know
will never see the light of day
as my Mum is no longer with me to send them
There you have things 3 and 4 I have to tell
and I think I know who I will pass the award on to...I think!!