When I was very small, up until my parents moved from Essex to Staffordshire when I was 7, my Grandma child minded me while my Mum was at work. It was unusual for mother's to go out to work in those days but was a necessity as my dad was studying in order to improve their prospects.
I can honestly say my childhood was idyllic, although Nana was very strict she also was a lovely lady who was always up for a cuddle. I have so many happy memories, especially when her sister, my great aunt Grace (who was my favouritest person in the whole wide world - can you spot the link) came to stay. Great Aunt Grace only had two sons and had come for a 3 month visit from Canada. She actually stayed 3 years and that was when the great spoiling began! I was the apple of her eye, she taught me to sew, knit and crochet and was the reason I learnt to love making things. I have vivid memories of these two elderly ladies, teaching me to ride a bike (which my uncle had found and restored by painting it red with silver paint splatters) by holding the back and running after me while I did figures of eight around the apple and pear tree in Nana's Garden.When I was 5 these two ladies would walk me to school, each holding one of my hands and at lunchtime would come and take me home for lunch, then walk me back again, until it was time for school to finish and they would be there again waiting for me. My mum decided that I was getting too spoiled (she was probably right) and said I had to stay for school dinner. Undeterred, my Nana and Aunt Grace would come to the school every lunchtime to 'post' me sweets through the railings and watch me play.
A very old layout of my brother and I in Nana's Garden. It is low quality so you cannot read the journaling - I will have to dig it out and add that at another time.
This is what I love about Storytelling Sunday - I now have a warm glow and happy memories to take me through the day. Thank you Sian.
Reasons to be cheerful:-
1, A Nana and Aunt Grace who loved me and made my childhood happy.
2. Two ladies who taught me how to make Gracie's childhood a happy one.3. Parents who bucked the trend to give us all a better life.