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Topic: Era (02/03/11)
TITLE: "Hey Jude"
By Norma-Anne Hough
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How are you? Sorry I have taken so long to reply to your latest letter, but life here in London has been pretty hectic. I also just had to share our wonderful news with you.
“Anna,” my youngest daughter has achieved her dream. She has just become a recognized "Paperback Writer." The name of the book is “Strawberry fields forever.” It’s a crazy book, but has achieved what she had dreamed about. So lovely to have another writer in the family. Always wondered if she would be musical or if she would write.
The story line is about these crazy hippies who live in a “Yellow Submarine.”
They have mad visions about a girl named Lucy, who lives in the sky and who wears diamonds. Her father, Desmond has a “barrel in the market place,” who is a very happy go lucky type. It was a “Long and winding road” that took her through her own battles. She really was in “Chains” and “Had the devil in her heart”. Hard for a mother to admit, but it’s the truth. At last she has been set free from the drugs and alcohol which ruled her life for so long. She also refused all our attempts to "Help" her.
We give thanks and praise to God for the wonderful things he has done in her life. I must confess there were times when I doubted God. He seemed to not hear our prayers. Sometimes I would just weep with desperation. I then learnt that God did not have to just “Please me.” I had to learn to "trust in Him with all my might and lean not on my own understanding." Pretty difficult thing for me to do, especially when it was my youngest who was in such need.
We were so lucky growing up in the era that we did. We were pretty sheltered from all the bad things that happened around us. Do you remember that “Girl,” “Michele?” Who lived in Abbey Road? She was always crazy about all the “Boys” and “Money.” Well she certainly got her “Ticket to ride.” She married some rich guy and they travel the world.
Daniel is keeping well. At times his knees ache and he battles to walk, but that does not stop him playing his beloved guitar. He still leads worship which for a man in his sixties is not too bad. My back problems plague me, but I enjoy life.
I often smile to myself remembering when we could all “Twist and shout” without complaining. Ah for those good old days!
Are you still painting so much? The weather in South Africa must surely lend to doing lots of outdoor scenes. I miss the beautiful weather, the mountains and the sea. I still plan a return trip but Daniel says it is all in my mind. How are your girls doing? Still no grandchildren? I long to be a granny, but think I would be too soft on them.
I really am hoping you will soon come and visit us. There is plenty of space. We could also do some shows! You always did love the theatre. Can you believe that “Phantom of the opera” is still playing to huge audiences? That and “Cats”
are still my best. As you know there are plenty of art galleries we can visit. Sounds like I am pleading, but I miss you. I long for all the “Yesterdays” we had together. I know we can never “Get back” to those places, but it is still fun to take a trip down memory lane.
I must end now as supper needs to be cooked. “Anna” send “All her loving” to a special person and says she misses you lots. Write soon or I'll be saying "Please Mr. Postman" do you have a letter for me? Keep well.
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