kate5kiwis: "It's a broa' bricht moonlicht nicht tonicht!"


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

"It's a broa' bricht moonlicht nicht tonicht!"

Hubby recounts various wonderful stories and family sayings from his youth, of weekends spent with siblings and cousins at Gran and Pop's. They still live in The Big Smoke, in the same house that Hubby remembers from his childhood when Gran used to take all the grandkids into town on the bus and go to the movies; and Hubby's teenage years, spent with Pop in his garage, helping Hubby fixing his British Racing Green Morris 1000 (The Morrie aka Army Tank) again, even finding an old crank handle from his hoard and giving it to Hubby for much-needed-emergencies.
Pop recently turned ninety, but both he and Gran are still spritely and full of life and they always have time to spend with The Gang, passing by for a cuppa.

Pop talks football and The War with Hubby and D17; while Gran and R14 and I sip tea and Gran reminisces about when R14 was three and promised Gran that when she is grown up, she'll build a Princess Castle and she'll invite Gran for tea parties there. J11 plays tunes for us on Pop's keyboard while S9 and M5 read various books and clean out Gran's chocolate bikkie stash. I ask Gran questions about her youth and fashions and family, and think to myself about their lives and love shared together over many years, leaving an imprint on our hearts and lives.


Anonymous Jen said...

how wonderful :)
we can learn a lot from our elders

6:29 PM  
Blogger BeachMama said...

Turning 90 is a huge feat! I miss my Grandparents, wish they were around to chew the fat with :).

I am interested in knowing what a Morris 1000 was. When we lived in the UK we had a Morris Minor, wondering if they are the same type of car.

8:02 AM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

yes beachmama, they're the same car!!! it was a great ole tank, our Morrie, we had to use the crank handle on numerous occasions, and hubby-and-mates used to travel to university wearing *groucho marx* masks and at the traffic lights they'd lean out the window and squirt unsuspecting drivers with water pistols.... i know, Rather Mischievous... and once the window wiper broke clean off and hubby had to drive along with his hand out the window manually wiping the rain off the windshield while driving...
such antics.
maybe our car masquerading as a swimming pool last week is the return of that twenty-year-old karma lol...
i still have no idea how all that rain got in X

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Och aye - family is an asset that you cannot buy.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous suz said...

sweatheart. how special. It's so great to fix those memories and generations into your kiddoes minds. I loved reading this. It lefts my spirits.
bless you

10:37 AM  

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