I laid in bed last night recalling all the new beginnings for me that I can recall.
Starting at a Grammar school at 10+ (my birthday being Sept 17th and the cut of was 1st Oct not 31st Aug in those days), starting at college at 17+, starting teaching at 20+, getting married at 21, becoming a mother at 24, becoming single and a Mum of 2 young boys at 34, meeting Peter and becoming a step Mum when I got married again at 4, .new jobs (which I did) and retirement at 55.
So today will be the story of how Peter and I met and the 'dear John' letter he had!
My ex husband was a football referee as was Peter. One Sat in summer I took Iain my youngest son to meet his Dad as he was spending the weekend with him. He was refing at a town boys football tournament with other referees. As I walked down the path Peter who I only vaguely knew was walking towards me. We stopped to chat and I said how sorry I was to hear his wife had died the year before. being me I then talked about being alone and not much fun and invited him to pop in for a cup of tea if he was passing to visit his cousins in the village also lived in (they were friends of mine so I already knew about Peter, his wife's illness from myloid leukeamia and her death).
A week later I had a phone call but he didn't want a cuppa but to take me out to the pub for a drink.
I found out when we were married, that he tossed a coin to take me or his late wife's best friend (who lived opposite) out...I won!! He also tells the story that he had thought I would have a sherry and I asked for a whisky with dry ginger.(my drink out at in that period). Well I had finished that one before he was half way through his half pint of lime and soda. I ended up with 3 whiskies to his one drink!! he has never forgotten and it was mentioned at our Silver WA!!
A photo taken by hisdaughter sitting on the stairs to talk to me privately!!
At a party together in 1984. I wore contact lenses then!
We courted, (do you like that old fashioned word?) from April- July when I decided he was too keen and I wrote a 'dear John' letter to him.........and that story I will leave until tomorrow!
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