I came across this postcard the other day whilst cleaning out an old tin full of "bits and pieces". It was sent on March 31st 1918 from Mablethorpe (a seaside place in Lincolnshire). It is from my mother to her parents, and it reads:-
"Dear M and F, You will be surprised to hear that we are here. We made our minds up all in a hurry. I will write more when I have time. We are having a good time but the weather is rotten. Love from us all.
My sister would have been five years old. The First World War would have been drawing to a close (my father spent much of 1916 in hospital and did not do military service) and here they are, in this little verbal snapshot, walking up and down the promenade in the pouring rain, but "having a good time"!
I know little about my parents' lives at that time except to know that because of his health, my father was a house-husband and my mother worked in munitions. They would have had little money to spare but my mother was always thrifty (in later years, when I came along as an after-thought (!) she could always be relied upon to produce money in an emergency ,usually from an old teapot she kept behind the sofa). So I find this little memento quite poignant.
Just for a fleeting moment I can have a window into their lives. They sound happy in spite of the weather - and really that is all that matters, isn't it?
Do you have any little mementos like this?