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Post by Guest on Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:39 pm

I met Dorothy on the Age Concern forum some time ago when I was seeking tales from WW2 veterans to put on my website.
Dorothy had been a nurse during WW2 but although she did not send me any of her own stories she asked me if she could send the photo and the reading of her fiance who was killed in the war.
I was happy to do this and started the memorial pages on the Home Front website and here is Dorothys story....................
http://www.memorylanehf.oddquine.co.uk/inmemory/gordon.htm
As our cyber friendship developed I found out that after the war Dorothy did get married and had two children a boy and a girl named John who was the eldest and Jane.
I was extremely sorry to hear that her young daughter Jane was tragically killed by a car coming home after her first day at her new comprehensive school. A second tragedy for Dorothy.
Dorothy then told me that her daughter had written poetry and it was a great comfort to her to go and read it at times.
I have a poetry site apart from my two WW2 websites and I asked Dorothy if she would send me some of Jane’s poetry to put on my website.
She did and I was so impressed with the little girls writings I told Dorothy that I wasn’t going to put them on my website BUT I would contact the one who had done my websites and would get a website put up for Jane.
Dorothy was over the moon about this.
I got together with my domain owner and she did put a site up for Jane’s poetry. http://www.sunbeam.oddquine.co.uk/
When the tragic accident happened to Jane it was her brother who identified her and it came as a great shock to him.
He just could not come to terms with what had happened and into the bargain he had heart problems.
He was one of the first in the country to have heart surgery and Dorothy was so very grateful to the British Heart Foundation for all they had done to help him.
He finally overcame his difficulties and grew up still with the awful
memory of seeing his sister lying in the road.
After the website had been up for a week or so John decided to visit it and read many of the comments in the guest book.
That was a turning point for him so Dorothy said.
He had never been able to talk about his beloved sister before but the website seemed to unlock something inside him that helped him come to terms with what had happened.
This made me feel as though I had been a part of helping him to face the demons and I felt very happy for them both.
A week or so later after corresponding with Dorothy about the lovely comments concerning the website she told me that Jane had also written a book.
It was all written in an exercise book and I asked Dorothy if she had ever thought about getting it printed. She said she had no idea what to do so I asked her to send me the book and I would get it sorted for her.
When I received it I was impressed with the story written by a little girl in a child’s handwriting plus the little drawings she had done.
I contacted the chap who did my books and asked him if he could call in to see me so that I could show it to him.
He was also impressed with it and I asked him if he could print it exactly as it had been written.
This he did and a copy was sent to Dorothy.
To say her cup runneth over would be putting it mildly.
When she told John he too was over the moon because Dorothy had decided to pay for more copies and sell them in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Dorothy was so grateful to them for saving her son she wanted to give something back.
Many copies were sold and money sent to the foundation.
John, Janes brother, finally came to terms with his grief and left a lovely message in the guest book.
I feel very honoured to have written the introduction page on Jane’s website and to know that John has at long last come to terms with life.

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Post by Joelle on Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:05 pm

What a lovely story Maywalk and how much you helped Dorothy and through her her son and it is so beautiful that the little girls poems were published and her book too thus an everlasting tribute to Dorothy's little girl. A single kindness is like a pebble in a pool with ever widening circles and touches the lives of so many.
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Post by Joelle on Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:15 pm

Maywalk I have just been and read Jane's poetry with tears in my eyes, what a lovely web site, what a talented little girl she was and how sad her guest book has had to be closed. I will read Dorothy's story tomorrow thank you for the links.
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Post by Tan on Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:15 pm

Such terrible tragedies for Dorothy and for John too, such trauma for sure like you describe Maywalk, words are not enough are they, it's a pain that would grip them throughout their lives, but how lovely you have done all that to help them so much to ease their pain, you really are a very kind and thoughtful lady for all that you have done to help them both, amazing.
Such a tragedy for them losing Jane, and it goes to show she had Poetry and Prose inborn in her, such a young age too in expressing what was in her to share with others, she never go that chance to add more, but you have brought it all for everyone to see and enjoy, as you did for her Mum and Brother too..
Pain like that is so terribly deep, many think they will never be able to walk away from that pain, but you certainly helped them for all time.

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Post by Captain Nemo on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:07 pm

Im just going to look at the links Maisie it was a lovely thing you have done there ,
Thankyou for this and the emotions and feelings it contains ,
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Post by Guest on Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:32 am

Thankyou everyone for the replies.
It gave me enormous pleasure to help get the site together and to know it helped Jane's brother to come through that dark hole he had been stuck in since her untimely death.

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