My parents had a Corgie Cattle dog cross back in the 80s and on. Dad and Shandy were best mates and would go fishing and camping together and share icecreams. When dad died in late ’97, it was just mum and Shandy. I can’t remember the year Shandy died, but I remember Mum and how it affected her. She said to me one day, “Shandy was my last connection to your father”. That simple sentence carried so much loss and grief.
My old mate Jack is around about 15 years old now. He is my connection to Tina. Jack was Tina’s boy. She taught him everything and he understood her words. Me, he knew I was a soft touch and would try to take advantage of it whenever ‘mum’ wasn’t nearby.
I could tell a thousand stories about Jack, and many more about how Tina and Jack interacted. I’ll do that in this series.
These will be the memories stories, written now so that my kids get to know my life story, because mum and dad’s stories are fragmented and I would give anything to be able to read about their childhoods and how they met, and how each of them felt about life as they grew up. So, expect many more memories, because this is for my kids.