Jan 20, 2011

A letter from an Irish mom to her son



Happy New Year son, just a few lines to let you know I'm still alive.
I'm writing this letter slowly because I know you can't read that fast. We are all doing very well.


You won't recognise the house when you get home - because we have moved. Your dad read in the newspaper that most accidents happen within 20 miles from your home, so we moved 25 miles away to Bray.



I won't be able to send you the address because the last family that lived here took the house number when they moved so that they wouldn't have to change their address.


This place is really nice. It even has a washing machine, i'm not sure it works so well though : last week I put a load in and pulled the chain and haven't seen them since.


Your father's got a really good job now, he's got 500 men under him, he cut's the grass at the cemetery.


Your sister Mary had a baby this morning, but I haven't found out if it's a boy or a girl so I dont know whether you're an auntie or an uncle.


Your brother tom is still in the army. Hes only been there a short time and already they have made him a court martial.


Your uncle patrick drowned last week in a vat of whiskey in the dublin brewery, some of his workmates tried to save him , but he fought them off bravely. They cremated him and it took 3 days to put out the fire.


I'm sorry to say that your cousin seamus was arrested while riding his bicycle last week, they are charging him with dope peddling.


I went to the doctors on thursday and your father went with me, the doctor put a small tube in my mouth and told me to keep it there for 10 minutes, your father offered to buy it from him.


The weather isn't bad here, it only rained twice this week, first for 3 days and then for 4 days, monday was so windy one of the chickens laid the same egg 4 times.


We had a letter from the undertaker, he said if the last payment on your grandmother's plot wasn't paid in 7 days, up she comes.


About that coat you wanted me to send you, your uncle stanley said it would be too heavy to send in the mail with the buttons on, so we cut them off and put them in the pockets.


John locked his keys in the car yesterday.....We were really worried because it took him 2 hours to get me and your dad out.


There isn't much more news at this time. Nothing much has happened.


Have a Happy New Year.


your loving mum


p.s I was going to send you some money, but I had already sealed the envelope.


(got this from a friend, Dee's Facebook Notes)

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