The end of a 92 year old Friendship!

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© Christopher J Chalk
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This is to celebrate the lives of two of the most important persons in my life. My Mum (left of image) aged 94 and my Aunty Marg, aged 92; have been best friends since they were born in a small rural town of Watchem in Victoria, Australia, a small town of 500 people. Sadly, Aunty Marg recently passed away only three months after my Brother suddenly passed away from Prostrate Cancer.

Naturally, my Mum is devested by the loss of her Son and her best Friend. Mum will carry this sadness and loss until she passes on herself. Fortunately, Mum is still reasonably active in the mind and body but hurts within! I am now Mum’s full-time Carer and I have noticed a sharp decline in her health but I will not allow her to leave her home for a nursing facility until I can no longer cope with her needs.

Mum and Margaret’s lives were united in such a loving bond rarely seen these days, which is admired by all our relatives and everyone that knows them.

Up until Aunty Marg’s passing, these two well educated – former teachers would text each other 2- 3 times a day, which is unique within itself. Although they lived some 300kms away for many years they would compete against each other on TV quiz shows via landline phones. They would chat about the good old times and laugh until they cried. It is indeed sad to see Mum recharging her mobile (Cell Phone) which was only used between the two of them – except when I go away for a break!

I am fortunate Mum is still with us and telling stories of her teenage years, her education and the fact that she lost 2 brothers and 3 Uncles in both World Wars. Margaret was always there for Mum and vice-versa to give each other support and comfort during the difficult years they faced way back in the early - mid 1900s.

May God Bless them both on a remarkable story of life’s Journey!


18 responses

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    What a nice image to go along with the memories!!! Some time when she is telling those stories Chris, you should record them in some way, for future generations. I wish I had done that!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    A beautiful photo of these two remarkable women! What a heartfelt, beautiful tribute you have written, Chris. If only all childred were this kind and loving toward their parents the world would be a profoundly better place. Well done, my friend! Here's hoping for continued good health and many good years for your mum!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    Thanks for sharing this Chris.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    A lovely tribute and testimonial, Chalky. Very special.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    What a beautiful and poignant tribute and story Chris. Your mother and aunt are to be admired, there is nothing like a strong and good friendship, but it is really hard when one is left behind. However, your mother is blessed to have you to care for and love her!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    beautiful shot and tribute, Chris! How very hard this must be for her, and you as well. She has you and that must be a blessing for her.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    I remember when you posted this picture before and thinking then how wonderful they maintained their friendship all of those years. I can well imagine how difficult it is now for your mother to accept the loss of her best friend ...My prayers are with her.

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    2 beautiful ladies! prayers for ease of your mom's heartache.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (19 Nov 2011):

    My sister used to say , before her death, that all of her friends had gone. My Mum said the same thing. This is the sad part of out living friends and family. May Aunty Marg RIP and I am so sorry..

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (20 Nov 2011):

    What a beautiful story of these lovely women! I am so sorry for your and your mother's loss of Auntie Marg. Perhaps they both lived so long, because they had each other; and of course, you Chris, are to be commended for staying so close by for them. I hope your dear mum recovers from her broken heart. They will be together again in a better place someday.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (22 Nov 2011):

    Fantastic shot!!!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (22 Nov 2011):

    Some snaphots have more worth and meaning than any prize winning entry. These are the moments we live for and continue to treasure till our time to pass has come. Pass it on

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (23 Nov 2011):

    What a beautiful and moving tribute, dear Chris. You're a wonderful son.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (23 Nov 2011):

    Oh what a beautiful story of two lives, I am sad for your mum and you of course it is sad to lose a sibling and a best friend at the same time. Thank you for sharing these two beautiful people with us !

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    What an enviable life they led, and how fortunate you are to be a part of it all. You have such touching and heartwarming memories to hold onto, Chris. I truly admire your determination to care for your Mum as long as possible. You are definitely a loyal and dedicated son.....she raised you very well. Wonderful photo and brilliant narrative!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (5 Dec 2011):

    I am so sorry that your mama lost such a dear friend. I am glad that she has such a devoted son. She must be a great mother to have raised such a caring son that loves her so much.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (7 Dec 2011):

    What a fabulous photo of these two special women in your life. Your Mum looks really good for her age. You are so lucky to have her and for her to be in reasonably good shape and she has a wonderful son in you : ). I enjoyed reading about their friendship that lasted over the years.

  • Christy

    Christy gave props (25 Dec 2011):

    I love listening to my Grandma (94) and my Husbands Great Aunt (93) talk about "the good old days"! Wonderful story and a great picture to match!

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