We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give.
When I was a child, my Aunt Esther always sent me birthday cards that were signed “you, me and Winnie.” The three of us shared birthdays. Today, I am 73, she would be 103, and Winnie would be 141. Until I went to school, I thought Winnie was a relative I’d never met.
When I was in grade school, I learned that Winnie was Winston Churchill, he’d been in the Navy (First Lord of the Admiralty) like Aunt Esther (yeoman cartographer, USN), and he worked for the British government (Prime Minister). Then I was assigned to write a letter in class. I labored to write to Mr. Churchill to share one of Aunt Esther’s cards with him, and to tell him that I figure the three of us were like twins since we shared a birthday. I told him I’d heard it was his 80th birthday and I was so glad he still had a job and hadn’t given up and retired. Then I wished him a Happy Birthday, and I mailed it.
I was home the morning Mama took a letter from the mailbox and almost fell off of the porch when she read the address. It was a response from Mr. Churchill! In the photo above, you can see that the letter has yellowed over the years. It reads,
10 Downing Street
I am so much obliged to you for your very kind token of goodwill on my birthday.
Winston S. Churchill
Katherine, what a wonderful letter–from a great hero of the UK. It would be wonderful if you could share this post on One Woman’s Day: https://onewomansday.wordpress.com/ The “submit” button is at the top of the page. Thanks for this: my first smile of the morning!
Thank you. I did indeed send this post to One Woman’s Day at your suggestion.
Weblog Editor said:
Happy Birhday, Katherine! I love your posts.
JoAnn Hoffman said:
Wow! What an awesome memory. Happy Birthday!!!
Thank you. I thought about you over the holiday and know it was a challenge in its own way. It is times like that when we can learn that joy coexists with grief. Warmest regards.
What a great story! I’m glad you wrote to “Winnie”. Who knew it would one day be the subject of your blog post. Happy Birthday to all three of you.
Thanks. I would love to meet you folks for lunch when you come to Simply Socks. Knit on.
Cherished memories! Happy Birthday!
So good to hear from you.
Mary Ann said:
Wonderful, Katherine! Happy Birthday!
Thanks. And thank you for reminding me of my Advent calendar in your recent blog post.
Charlotte Misegades Griffin said:
Happy Birthday, Sweet Cousin, love you bunches!
Thank you. I pray that your holidays are joyful.