LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON

The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.

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He said goodnight to his mother and kissed her cheek before going into the room with the single beds where he’d been sleeping.

He sat on the edge of the bed and took off his sandals wearing shoes over here made your feet stink. He went into the shower room and had himself a shower then put on a pair of boxer shorts after drying himself.

He shaved then combed his hair; why he did that he didn’t know but he’d always done it. Bobby cleaned his teeth then gargled with some mouthwash then spat it into the sink. He ran the tap to wash away the froth from the toothpaste. Watching the water swirl around in the bowl before turning out the light and heading to his room.

 He sat down on the bed and was about to throw back the sheet and get in when he spotted a suitcase under the other bed. Kneeling down he pulled it towards him. The brown case had seen better days and bobby wondered why his gran had kept it. They were cheap enough to pick up in the market. He tried to open the case but it was locked so he looked in the chest of drawers. The first drawer held grans night things and the second a heavy quilt but the last under some sheets, he found a set of keys underneath them. There was four keys two were different to the others and bobby tried one in the lock and it wouldn’t fit, however the second one did and he turned it clockwise and the clasp sprung open. He set it down on the bed and flipped the lid and inside were bundles of letters all addressed to his gran.  He looked at the dates on them and they were some as far back as 1940.

He undid the blue ribbon that held them all together and began to read the first. It seemed like his gran was stationed during the war in Driffield East Riding in Yorkshire. She was a radio operator and was just turned eighteen. The letter was written in beautiful hand writing and the manmade comment about how beautiful she looked when he had seen her in the NAAFi. The letter was signed Buzz Beurling

The next few letters were explaining how he’d been on a sorties over Germany in a mosquito fighter bomber. He told her that the plane had taken a hit from Anti- aircraft guns below.

By the tenth letter it was apparent that Buzz was hopelessly in love with Elizabeth Watson. He told her how he’d enjoyed their first kiss and wanted to meet her again when he was on leave.

Letter thirty five told how he’d been injured and was in a military hospital. It told her not to worry.

The others in the bundle told of his recovery and how he’d soon be back on active duty and that he’d missed her and was longing to see her again and hold her in his arms. The word love was used many times over the next twenty or so letters then on reading letter number 63 dated in September 1943 Buzz said in his letter that he’d stand by her no matter what.’

Bobby was puzzled until he read number 72 dated January 1944 which revealed that Elizabeth Watson was four months pregnant. Buzz told her that he would marry her. Letter number 74 was written by his commanding officer explaining how George Buzz Beurling DSO, DFC, DFM was missing presumed killed in a dog fight with a German Messerschmitt. You could see the dried tears that had obscured some of the ink on the page.

There was no more correspondence until 1952 when there was a letter from George Buzz Beurlings command officer again to say that her George was indeed alive. He had lost a leg in the battle with the German plane and had been a prisoner of war until 1946. He was liberated in Berlin and flown back to Toronto. He was alive and well and he wanted to meet her. 

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