»  Letter: Tuesday, July 15, 1997

    E.A. Derbyshire to John & Lynette Derbyshire

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Mrs E.A.Derbyshire
Lister House
Kingsthorpe. Northants
England NN2 7SU.

John & Lynette Derbyshire
15, Chestnut Street
NY 11743-7104

July 15th 1997

My darling children,

received the lovely pictures & letters today, they are as always delightful & I have to look at them many, many times during the days ahead before I put them in the album. Rose, darling, you are as lovely as ever & I long to see you. I want to tell you before I depart this world how much I love you & thank you for making my son so happy & giving me such beautiful grandchildren  I want to hold you & them in my arms & love you all to bits. I really wish Rose that I had made better use of our time together, short as it was. Please believe me dear, that you are always with me  I think of you every waking minute & try to picture you in your everyday life with your family around you (even if they drive you crazy at times)!! You are very much loved Rose & always will be  Be proud of what you have achieved together & as the children grow I hope they will be as loving & caring as you deserve. I can't write much now, my fingers are clumsy & I drop things  I've decided to stay here & see what happens. Better the devil you know than the one you don't!! I'm too old now to stand any more upheaval — just don't want to be bothered with changes. It is cooler today. I have trouble to breathe when it's so humid. Thank you again for everything — this is all I can manage for now — Later. Love the children for me  hugs & kisses all round. Love to Boris, Violet & Micky. I'll bet Boris was glad to see you all  Nellie you are a clever little girl & I am very proud of you. You are growing up so fast  I'll bet Daniel wants to copy all the things you do, but it's nice to have a brother  I'm sure you'll have some lovely times together  I had 5 brothers & they used to tease me all the time & pull my hair & undo my ribbons  Then my Mummy would be cross with ME for being untidy  but we had a lot of fun together. Now they are all gone but I think of them often  Old people always look back & remember how things were when they were little — grumble a bit about the changes that come  some good, some not  but that's life  Have to go to lunch now then this afternoon I usually lie on the bed & go to sleep  After tea, I watch TV sometimes, try to read a bit, perhaps have a phone call  go to bed around 10 o'clock. Say a prayer to keep you all safe & well  I wake many times in the night & think about you all & about 5 in the morning I'm wide awake & open my windows  breakfast any time after 7.3 am brought to my room.

Rose dear, your peonies are gorgeous — like you! You really do have GREEN fingers. The pictures have been well passed around & everyone says what a lovely family you are. It's after lunch & I am finishing this off so I can get it posted.

All for now.  Loads of love
hugs & kisses to all.
          As ever
                    Your loving mother    X
X X X   and Grandmother   X X X X X

     John  I'll talk to you on Friday. Be proud of who & what you are as I am.
Love you  X X X X X X X