Dear Grama

Natural born chatter box

April 25th, 1946

My Darling Nick,
Since seeing that little bit in the paper to-night that I am enclosing to you I have been so excited you would think I had my sailing papers already. You must agree with me darling that although it’s not my sailing papers yet it’s certainly good news, anyway ever since reading it I have felt all funny inside and I feel I must just sit down and write to you. Many thanks darling for the letter I got from you this morning, I hope you are okay darling as this leaves me but loving you and missing you as much as ever of course, more than ever if that’s possible. Doris also rang me up to tell me about the Queen Mary to-night as soon as she read it she said she had also heard that they have reached 32,000, so that’s only another 8000 to go before they reach my number, anyway Doris’ number is 38,000, so as soon as I hear she is going I won’t have long to wait, P.G. Nothing else much happened to-day, I have just come in from work and as Dixie is asleep I let Janey go to the pictures so I am alone here, Mum is in bed again because she doesn’t feel well again and the doctor is supposed to come to-night to see her. Darling please don’t think that anything you write will ever bore me because it never will, just like the song, every letter that you send me I read a dozen times or more, just because you write it darling, sometimes when I start a letter I usually think whatever am I going to find to write about but some how or other the words usually come pouring out, I guess it’s because I’m a natural born chatter box, but I guess you know that by now. I went in about my snaps to-day but they were still not ready so I guess you’ll still have to wait darling to see how I look now but I think I still look the same as when you left me maybe a little thinner, but I don’t think you will find anything missing, gee! This thinking below the belt must be catching aren’t you ashamed of your wifey darling? Still you always did say I would turn into a wolfess didn’t you sweet? Well I guess I’ll have to close now darling as I’m near the end. Good-night darling. God Bless You and pleasant dreams. Good-Luck. Au-revoir. Hope to see you soon. All my love to you forever.
Your ever loving wifey,
Rene
I LOVE YOU (in x’s)

April 25th, 2013

Dear Grama,
Oh, your excitement has got me all excited, too! With every letter, I feel as if I’m reading a book that I already know the ending to, yet it’s still so engaging. Your gittyness about the Queen Mary is an accurate one, and as you’ve mentioned in a few letters from last week as well, you seem to have a funny feeling about it and even dreaming about it. I’ll go ahead and say that even 67 years ago, intuition, gut feelings and believing that fate will so graciously work it’s magic…was alive and well. I love those kinds of feelings.
Following your lead, I’m going to go ahead and say that I have a good feeling about my journey on the Queen Mary II. Yes you heard correctly, Grams. I’m setting sail a day after your sailing date on the RMS Queen Mary II. Oh…I know, I know…I’m gushing, too. I have a funny feeling that I’m bound to meet some pretty phenomenal people on the lone voyage across the Atlantic. I arrive at the New York City port and plan to make my way home via train, just as you did.
It’s been a stunningly gorgeous week and I have officially lost track of the days of sunshine. I’m not sure if it’s that, or the countdown I have going, but I am continually having days when I just wish I could bottle up the gratitude. This country is amazing and in springtime it’s even more fabulous. British park culture is in full swing and I am loving it.
When I had my interview on Tuesday at the BBC for CBC, I spent the afternoon in a small park near some offices not far from Oxford Circus. It was so amazing seeing all of the business professionals coming out for lunch break picnics, taking in the sun. Yesterday I was in a more residential park and made friends with a few new moms and their little ones. Today’s meeting was perhaps the best of all…a 93 year old woman who told me all about her thriving theatre career that began in the 30’s. After a wonderful visit, she said it was so nice to be honoured to meet the Canadian gal who’s been all over the news. She had remembered me from my media frenzy back in February. So, needless to say…thank you for the chatterbox gene because the people I’m meeting on this journey within your journey, are beyond incredible.
With a granddaughter’s love & admiration,
Carly
xoxox
ps…you’re so cheeky…you wolfess, you.

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Feel Good Friday Series

100 days 100 ways…

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100 days 100 ways

…to inspire

…to dream

…to believe

Some exciting news that I want to share is that I will board the Queen Mary II that departs on July 20th…a day after my grama sailed on the Queen Mary 67 years ago. That means that yesterday was the 100 day mark and I officially have 99 days left in London.  I know for a fact that Life’s Letter will go on MUCH longer than my time in England, but I want to really feel, experience & capture these 100 days.

In honour of these precious 100 days that I am sure will fly by, I’ve decided to start a Feel Good Friday series on my blog.  It is going to feature photographs of London, taken by yours truly, with inspirational quotes about dreaming big, believing in those dreams, and staying positive.  I’ll be posting them on Instagram, PinterestTwitter & Facebook throughout the week, and the Feel Good Friday blog post will be the week at a glance.  I want you all to be involved, so here’s how:

  • Have a favourite place in London? I’ll go take a picture in honour of YOU!
  • Have a favourite inspirational quote? I’ll feature your quote on my photo.

Use the comments below, send me a message on Facebook, send an email to lifesletter(at)gmail(dot)com or use the form in the About Me page.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~Eleanor Roosevelt 

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