Can it really be 3 months since I posted here? What has been happening during that time? Christmas was the biggy with family coming over to enjoy the fruits of my cooking in my old kitchen for the last Christmas before a total refurbishment. But that is another story! Various family birthdays; a new addition to our family of a boy to continue our family dynasty (can you hear the chords of Dynasty?) and so life goes on.
I promised to continue my Dad’s manuscript, the one I began transposing here below. In the posts below he describes how the Japanese came to invade Java, Indonesia and how he and my mother became involved in some years of separate internments. Now is the time to continue showing you his manuscript in which he describes briefly his experiences in prison as a prisoner of war during WWII. Although they had hard times I do believe they were a lot more lucky than so many. At least they came through it with their tale to tell unlike many of their dear friends.
One of the ways my Dad, who was ever resourceful, tried to keep his sanity during the long hours of inactivity was to cast his mind back to his youth to describe instances he could remember. This actually gives a wonderful insight to life in Aberdeen in the period of 1919 onwards. Please remember these are my Dad’s words as he wrote them. There won’t be many, if any, pictures but his graphic way with words allows the reader to use their imagination to create real pictures in their minds as they follow his words. All his words were written down by hand using any scrap of paper and a pencil that became a very small stump! He found ways to hide all this but mostly the memories were kept in his mind to be written/typed at a later date. These will be the words you will be reading.
There may be some foreign words from the Dutch language since Java was part of the Dutch East Indies and my mother was Dutch herself. English became very much the ‘indoors’ language or for English friends whilst the majority of the time Dutch was the main language. Of course, having lived in this part of the world for some time local words from the Malaysian language or Japanese would also infiltrate at times. Wherever possible I will try to translate!
And so, my friends, expect to find many chapters over a prolonged period of time. Also, please remember these words are not for copying or publishing in any other format anywhere without the express permission of the author of this blog. As the sub heading of this blog explains, ‘Many of us have precious thoughts within us and very precious memories. Unless, we explain or write about them they will remain within us and not be shared with the wider world.’ It is for this reason I felt duty bound to share my Dad’s memories to give a better insight to events of the time. Otherwise, all would have been in vain and lost to the next generation had these memories not been passed down.
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All I have left to say, is please sit back, grab a coffee or something stronger, and drift off to another era. Do feel free to leave a comment but most of all, I urge you to enjoy the experience!