In my Tea Towel Blog about Chickens (dated 4/2/17), I talked about the process of ‘downsizing’. I have been taking this very seriously and have started at a leisurely pace. I have two drawers, in a huge tallboy which are labelled ‘Sentimental Items’. If I am honest, because these are exceptionally deep drawers, they have been the recipients of letters, birthday and Christmas cards, programmes, tickets, invitations and much more; things I can’t decide if I want to keep, but while there is space I will save. The fact is, that if I downsize, my new home will definitely not have the space for so much ‘stuff’. In sorting out these drawers, I came across a letter from David Allan, dated 8 March 1998. I worked with David for many years; he was a Trustee of three charities I worked for. He was a delightful, if somewhat eccentric man, a passionate exponent of equal rights for disabled people with a great interest in dyslexia. He had never married but was very close to all his family who were scattered the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.
As I read the letter I was reminded of his kindness and thoughtfulness. The letter said “You may know that my aunt died in December. At any event, I have been in Scotland to sort out the resulting offices with my brother and sister. Came across these three dish cloths which I thought you might like to add to your collection”. David’s family originated from Scotland; his aunt lived in Aberdeen. He didn’t tell me much about her except that, some time ago, she had visited Australia to see family, which is where these tea towels came from. Looking at the tea towels, David’s aunt was obviously interested in the history of Australia!
David died about eight years ago and after his death his sister came to see me at my work. I was able to remind her that I was the ‘custodian’ of some of her aunt’s Australian tea towels (this resulted in me acquiring a couple more). The letter and the tea towels bring back some fine memories of David and his slightly eccentric ways.
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