|Wedding Day: 23 March 1956|
Human Granny: 13 August 1930 - 21 March 2018
I called her Human Granny,
She sometimes called me Petsy,
I loved her tender touch,
And her kind and welcoming smile.
I wished I’d known her younger self,
That brave child aged nine, who was not seasick
When she crossed the Atlantic in 1940
In stormy weather, in wartime, to Canada.
They can’t have been easy, those four years away,
So far from her ‘Mummie’ and 'Daddy’.
She learnt to skate, to swim, to ski,
To be resilient.
She overcame her fear of Dick the Dog.
She was brave at the end too.
|Toronto, 1940: HGY posting a letter to her parents in England|
|Toronto 1941: with Mr Harpham and 'Dick'|