JOURNAL OF A LIFE – Our Very Own Darling

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As a great mentor of mine – Joe Schroeder – never tired of saying “A Life Worth Living is a Life Worth Recording

so today I am here to share another episode in the life’s journey of one of the great people whose life I am privileged to have shared a part of – my mother AnneKaete Pocklington.

The War Is Over – Our Very Own Darling

Imagine, if you will, that you are merging two families, two cultures.

The first child of this multi-cultural union is born. What names would you choose?

Then the time comes.

It is time to leave the country of your birth, of your youth,

To leave your family for cold and foggy foreign shores…

But life has to go on, doesn’t it.

Read On…

Our Very Own Darling

What can one say about a little Darling Baby in the house? So much and then again, so little. It is a miracle everyone experiences in a different way. We decided to call our son Peter Ronald. Peter because that was a good name which would be alright in both languages. Both branches of his  family would have no difficulty pronouncing that name.

And Ronald mainly because I liked that English name so very much. At that time there was a man quite often on the Radio who could whistle so really beautifully, like a bird, and his name was Ronny Ronald, and there I heard the name. I thought it was a lovely name, still do.

And he was christened in the Navy Chapel of HMS Royal Rupert, by the same lovely Naval Padre who had married us, Padre Webster. We had a wonderful christening Party after, with as many relations and friends we could fit into the flat, and all was lovely.

Betty Oldham, my very special friend in the flat on the floor above, had her Baby Michael, who had been born in Hamburg on the 5th November before. So we both had our Baby, went for daily walks and generally were blissfully happy, one could almost say, playing at dolls, only it was more serious.

When we came out of Hospital Peter screamed night after night, he did not like the routine of this world at all. During the Day he was all sunshine and smiles, as soon as night came he did not want to know. So many times Bill and I sneaked out, in the middle of the night, very, very quiet with our Baby in the Pram, and went for a walk around the streets, listening to the frogs having a long loud conversation in some ponds some distance away, getting our Darling to sleep, which he always did, fairly quickly. And then sneaking back into the flat, happy that we tricked him once more. And he could then sleep happily until morning.

Tetta was absolutely enthralled that she had again a Baby to spoil, all the Family was so happy with us and for us, and Peter grew lovelier and lovelier.

The German money was made real again that Summer and one could buy goods again for real money. Everybody received 40 DM for 100 DM one day. That was everybody’s entitlement, and you started with that. Later on one could exchange more at that rate, if one could prove where it had come from, and gradually things got back to normal. But at that point it was 40,- DM each. And immediately the shops were to the brim full with goods. Everything imaginable was available whereas the day before you could buy nothing. That was a very strange thing, how shopkeepers sold you nothing, and complained that they had nothing, and the very first day money was stable, they opened their hoardings and were very keen for you to buy.

Anyway, this gave all the family a chance to buy little things for our little Darling. And the experience for his Oma (Grandma) or Tetta, or his aunty Christel, only eleven years old, to buy him a rattle was quite something. Not to forget Hanne, but she was so nimble and marvelous at making things, she had already had the opportunity to make things for him, with wool bought in the NAFFI shop. And even after we had gone away she still made things, so Peter had the most wonderful knitted suit, really beautiful, which Tante Hanne had made for him.

The bliss of this, our growing Darling Peter, could be a book by itself, but, alas, this is a record of my life and I can only record it so very fleetingly.

It was getting near October 1949, only too quick. One did not want to think about it at first, then things became more urgent and one had to think and plan. Then, one had to actually pack up, and the Customs and Excise came and checked the boxes before the were sealed.

And then the Navy came and checked all the items in the married Quarters flat, and one ‘handed over’. And then it was the last night and Tetta asked if Peter could sleep once more with Tetta and Atta and that Hanne would bring him the next morning in good time for the bus.

And then Bill and I went home once more, and bye-bye, and tears, and just another hug, and just another fare well, good journey’ and just another look into each others eyes. And I felt so little, so small, so dreadful.

And then it was all over, the parting was there and very real……..



If  life is the best teacher, doesn’t it make sense to learn from the lives of others?

So what did I learn from today’s episode?

I learned that when it comes to sleeping at night – as a new parent – what goes around sometimes does come around, and

I learned that there are forces of economics that make things possible in what, at the time, seems like impossible ways.

So Now it’s YOUR turn, dear Reader. What did YOU learn?

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Published: September 9, 2014, 00:31 | 2 Comments on JOURNAL OF A LIFE – Our Very Own Darling
Category: Real People Helping Real People, The Story Of A Life

2 responses to “JOURNAL OF A LIFE – Our Very Own Darling”

  1. Peter – as I read your story I am reminded of my grandparents. They didn’t have money, they survived the depression and war, and all four became enterepreneurs. They realized that they had to depend on themselves and the resources and skills they possess to provide for their family. My maternal grandmother opened a butcher shop with her siblings and my paternal grandparents opened a business selling land title insurance.

    Keep these stories coming!

    • freedomwithpeter says:

      Lisa: I am thrilled that this story, this life, reminds you of YOUR grandparents. What special stories their lives represent. FOUR entrepreneurs. Bet not many people nowadays can draw on that background. Even if its speaking into a voice-recorder from time to time, I encourage you to capture your memories, and, if they are still alive, theirs. Stay blessed. prp

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