JOURNAL OF A LIFE – The Cottage, The Life
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JOURNAL OF A LIFE
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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 – The Cottage, The Life
Imagine, the man you love, the man you married, is taking you back to “God’s own country”
What would your idea of “God’s own country” be like?
What was my Dad’s “God’s own country” like?
So what’s the catch? you ask.
Let me ask you – does Heaven have second-class citizens ?
The Cottage, The Life
Bill’s Grandfather had had a lovely farm in this tiny Hamlet Langthorne, near Bedale, North Riding of Yorkshire, where they were all brought up. All the sons of his had learned a trade, except Bill’s Dad who stayed with his father and farmed. That was all fine. But then Grandad died and left the farm and all in it to be sold and the money shared between his 13 children. And that was that.
So Grandad was a farm labourer on another farm, and still lived in this small Cottage where this wonderful man brought up his five children on his own as he lost his dear wife when Bill was only seven, and little John, the youngest, just about 3 years old. And in this little Cottage this little family dropped. It was white outside, with lovely tiny windows painted a cheerful green. And roses around the door and window. And very luscious green grass all round, and rich Cornfields making Patchwork Patterns all around on the gentle hills. Here and there a small wood, Hedgerows full of birds and berries, the tranquillity of the area was unbelievable beautiful.
Bill had always called it laughingly ‘God’s own country’, and there was no question about it, it was, it still is. The little market town of Bedale not far away, with the market cross in the middle of the square, its 18th Century houses of partly red brick lining the cobbled square, and the Church dominating one end of this very beautiful little town. It was all so slow, tranquil and lovely.
But, and there always is a ‘but’, the Cottage itself inside was very, very hard to get used to. And I must write this down properly, even though it might sound harsh. I want to record the times as they were in 1949, when I came to “my new country”.
Life was gentle, Grandad went to work each day, little Madeleine, Dot’s daughter, waiting for him every night. A really beautiful child. Black ringlets around her head, and very dark questioning eyes, yet, laughing eyes. She was about 2 ½, a real little beauty. I got on with Dot very well right from the start. We were already writing to one another when we were still in Germany.
She accepted the German into the family. This was not always easy and possible in 1949, the Scars of the War were still fresh. And there is no doubt about it, the Germans with their dreadful past history, were second class citizens. And even though my Passport stated I was English, I was German to a lot of people and would always be.
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 in life the “Law Of Polarity” holds – with Ups come Downs – even in God’s Own,
I learned a little bit how special my Aunty Dot was, and
I learned that what nationality your Passport says is irrelevant, you will always be judged by the prejudices of others.
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Published: September 10, 2014, 01:20 | 4 Comments on JOURNAL OF A LIFE – The Cottage, The Life
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