Story Telling Sunday - Feb 13

Hello and welcome to Story Telling Sunday. This month I'm joining in with Sian's Pick Your Precious

Pick Your Precious is about celebrating the little things you love: those souvenirs, bits and pieces, things from your past you can't bear to throw out. You know, the special little something you have tucked away in a drawer or up on a shelf? Or the thing you  love most in a room? Or the object you would save if you knew you had to leave the country? Your favourite things.    

This is Maud and Wilfred                        
They belonged to my Nana when she was a child in the early 1900s and I have no idea who made them.  One day, possibly in the late 1970s, they came to live me and my sister Ruth.  Maud lived on Ruth's bed and Wilfred lived on mine.  I don't think we ever played with them, probably because we were told they were very old.
When I left home in 1983 Wilfred came with me and travelled far and wide with the Royal Air Force (he really enjoyed himself, although he tells me he would have liked to have seen the Falkland Islands instead of having to stay home in Scotland to keep an eye on things).  Over the next 13 years he sat in my room either in the WRAF block or in my house.
One day he said he was lonely and would like to see Maud again and miraculously she came to live with him.  Now Ruth may say she was kidnapped but I like the think that she was pining for Wilfred and was only too happy to be reunited.  So there they were, together again at last, happy to just sit all day in a comfy chair.
Over the years they became a bit threadbare and bits dropped off (I know how they feel!!) but still they sat together on the chair.
 But disaster was to strike when we moved house.  They disappeared!!  No-one knew where they were and for 6 years they were lost. Lost that was, until a recent tidy up of the loft discovered them. Together, wrapped in a plastic bag, in a box at the back of the attic.  They were so happy to be free at last that they rushed downstairs and sat on the bed.  Unfortunately they can't stay there as John doesn't like them (what does he know) so they are going to take up residence on the chair instead.  Just like old times ♥♥♥

And as for their names..............well that too was a mystery until Ruth discovered on the 1911 census that Nana had a brother called Wilfred Ernest who died from measles when he was two.  As for Maud?  Well she will always have to remain a "Woman of Mystery"

You can find more Precious stories over at High in the Sky.  Pop over and take a look.










Comments

  1. Hi Liz! It's a treat to have you storytelling with us today - a real pleasure to see you. And what an excellent story: they're looking well for their age, aren't they? wow! and I love that Ruth was able to dig into the family history to find out about his name: there is something very moving about that. I love it. Thank you

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  2. how lovely, I'm so glad you found them again.

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  3. Lovely story Liz, and I love their names xx

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  4. What a great story and what precious items they are.
    I love the twist in the tale at the end with the name, great information.

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  5. Great story, Liz!! Glad they were found. :)

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  6. Oh, fantastic story. I love how you tell it. So happy you have been reunited. I bet if you dig deep in the family tree you'll find a Maud

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  7. many thanks for sharing this story with us.
    I'm so glad they were reunited x

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  8. Thank you so much for telling their story. I suppose that Maud had better stay with Wilfred ~ I couldn't bear to separate them after all these years ( and I have custody of Keats)! I haven't found a Maud in our family tree, but you never know!

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  9. What a lovely story and I am glad Maud and Wilfred were reunited and are back with you again. Have you ever read Nothing by Mick Inkpen about a toy lost in the attic. I think you would like it if you haven't.

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  10. That's a brilliant story Liz and so nice to have something so old. I think they look terrific and what a story they tell :)

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  11. Oh, I'm so glad they weren't lost forever. Great job telling their story - I think Maud's name adds just the right amoung of mystery!

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  12. I'm so glad you found Maud and Wilfred and what fabulous stories about them

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  13. Fabulous story, so well told. Amazing to think that they are so old and that older generations loved them as much as you have/do.

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  14. I love this story and I am so pleased that you found them again! X

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  15. How lovely to have found Maud and Wilfred again...and to have been able to give them a new place to sit together!
    Alison xx

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  16. I just love Maud and Wildred! They certainly are hand made and well-loved. So happy they were reunited but felt sorry for them when they were lost. I imagine they are loving sitting in the chair and watching family life around them again. Thanks so much for this beautiful story.

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  17. What a lovely story, you can see they're loved and they look very comfy on the chair x

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  18. I like the names - very proper for such a distinguished couple, although I know a Maud in her 30s she assures me it is a very old fashioned name. Delighted you found them and that they'll get a proper place to sit again.

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  19. Lovely story and love the background to them. Oh and what do men know...they are beautiful ;-)

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  20. They are gorgeous and it such good condition considering how well traveled they are! This is a great story that made me smile.

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  21. What a lovely story. I'm so happy you found them again and they have a place to sit and keep you company.

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  22. Someone made them with love and it is great to see that they are still loved. I think that they are very cute.

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