Heading off to primary school then secondary or grammar, at breaks in the playground
laughing, having fun,
a grandma is first a little girl, child, teenager and then young adult, long before becoming
a lifetime of marriage and children imparts experience and knowledge, leading to a wealth
of respected wisdom,
sharing treasured stories of family history, humorous anecdotes and memories about great
grandad and mum.
Chuck Berry’s rock and roll then the contemporary sound of the Beatles, also known as
The Fab Four,
listening on a Sunday evening to the Top 20 on a pocket sized silver transistor radio, wishing
there was more,
wearing a fashionable white mini dress in a modern geometric patten with knee high shiny
black patent boots,
going to a local dance on a scooter with a Mod wearing desert boots, a green parker,
underneath a smart suit.
Watching the rented television, the v shaped aerial and different sizes knobs with a screen
in silver grey,
going to a park with a video tape recorder after taping your favourite songs then enjoying
hearing them play,
walking around a local Woolworths at the weekend with a friend to buy a lipstick that matches
your new coat,
talking about the new pirate radio station in the news that comes from the North sea, the DJs
aboard a large boat.
As a small child you taught me to tie my laces, picked me up and gave me a gentle hug when
I fell down,
answered hundreds of questions with patient answers and sunshine in your smile, very rarely
a slight frown,
the special maternal all encompassing love built on a lifetime of giving and caring, which
we are honoured to have had such a wonderful much loved mum and grandma, for whom
we deeply cared.
In loving memory of Jane Farthing 1939 – 2017
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