CARE Then and Now: “Memories from all those years ago”
Janet Stevenson was living in Reading after the war:
I remember the food parcels which were sent to our school in Reading. I remember the powdered chocolate and the peanut brittle!
The food parcels were sent after the war when rationing became much tighter than during the actual war years, so maybe I was about 9 or 10 years old. We were all required to write thank you letters from our class. This resulted in a penfriendship which lasted 60+ years and we met once. When her fiancé was killed in a road accident my mother wrote to her mother and it became a family friendship.
[CARE Then and Now] has brought back a lot of memories from all those years ago. My penfriend Shirley is now sadly dead, but we corresponded regularly and watched our families grow up through black-and-white and then colour photos – long before the days of email and Skype. When we did at last meet at her house in Virginia, Shirley’s comment was:
Just like carrying on from the last letter isn’t it!
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