Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday Snapshot - My Mum Enid during World War II


Saturday Snapshot is a weekly meme hosted by Alyce at At Home with Books.

Alyce says: "To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky below. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online."


This is a picture of my mother, Enid, back in her glory days. She was born in 1925 and was a teenager when this picture was taken during World War II. She was 16, possibly 17 at the time. I used to love her stories about how she used to run up and down the stairs on the doubledecker buses in London, collecting fares, during the war. And meeting young American soldiers for dates and how her brothers teased her. In the end, she married my dad, a British officer ten years her senior. There are no stories left anymore. He's been gone for 20 years. My mum is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's; she was admitted to hospital Thursday with pneumonia, dehydration and a uterine infection. It's pretty awful. People in the early stages of Alzheimers may look like Gena Rowlands in The Notebook but some 15 years in the diagnosis, they do not!
By the way, this is a wonderful and moving novel if you haven't read it. Lisa Genova is a neuro-scientist and paints the 50 year old Alice's descent into her disease with stark accuracy.

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful picture from long gone days.
    I agree, Still Alice is a very good book.

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  2. What a fun family story! And it's not entirely gone, since you still remember her telling it.

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  3. I'm sorry that your mother is so sick. Alzheimers is a terrible thing, and it's made even worse by creating susceptibility to things like pneumonia, etc. I hope your mom is resting comfortably and on the road to feeling better.

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  4. I hope that lovely photo of your mom will help you remember all the wonderful things about her.

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  5. So sorry to hear about your mum. I have heard great things about Still Alice.

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  6. Thank you all for the kind words. Yes, I'm feeling a bit down today as we're not sure if she will recover and if she does what her quality of life will be. BUT tomorrow is another day and yes, I am so happy to have some lovely pictures as well as good memories.

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  7. I'm so very sorry. The picture of your mother is so lovely. I do know what it's like to have a parent with Alzheimer's. Both my mother and father had Alzheimer's/dementia before they died. Sigh. May I offer my sympathies, my empathy, and many thoughts and hugs. A tough, tough situation. I have read STILL ALICE and also recommend it highly for anyone that has this tragic disease in their lives. Again, I'm so sorry.

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    1. Both!?! I can't even imagine how difficult that must have been. I'm so sorry and thanks for your kind thoughts.

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  8. She is so beautiful in that photo, and in my mind I can see her bouncing up and down the stairs of the bus with a wide smile. I'm sorry that you and she have to go through this. I agree with your recommendation of Still Alice - it's an amazing book.

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    1. Awwww, thanks Alyce! That really makes me smile.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this with us, and thanks for the book recommendation.

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  10. You mom is so pretty in this picture. Hope she is ok. HUGS!


    Here is my Saturday
    Snapshot
    post!

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  11. Your mother in this photo is a young Judy Garland, as in, "...off to the see the Wizard." Very beautiful. So sorry to hear of what she [and you] are currently going through.
    The name Enid is not one that is heard of, often -- and yet it is such a gorgeous name. When I was a kid I was involved in a love affair with an Enid.
    Enid Blyton.
    I spent a good portion of my childhood devouring her books, passionately.

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    1. Me too! Noddy, Bill and Ben the flowerpot men ... A big part of my childhood. Thanks for your thoughts. I've got to head back to your post to see what u thought about my Oxford street research!

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    2. Me too! Noddy, Bill and Ben the flowerpot men ... A big part of my childhood. Thanks for your thoughts. I've got to head back to your post to see what u thought about my Oxford street research!

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  12. Such a beautiful memory of your young mother. I was a passionate reader of Enid Blyton in my childhood too. I'm sorry to hear that your mother is so ill now.

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    1. And it was my mum, Enid, of course, who fed me on Noddy et al. In fact, I have my mother to blame my love of reading on. She constantly had a book in hand. If she wasn't baking a pie, waxing the floor, or ironing clothes, she was reading.

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  13. What a beautiful girl your mum was in her teens! I'm sorry that she now has such an awful thing as Alzheimers, that's such a tragedy.

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    1. I think one of the worst things about Alzheimer's is how it can take a lifetime of memories of 'the way we were' and replace them with a very depressing NOW. How to hold on images like this one, or my mum holding and hugging my son when she still knew who he was, that's the struggle.

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