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Wishing Everybody A Good Christmas!

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Comment by robert on December 29, 2016 at 19:45

love the set up rob WOW last time i tried that light stuff i was without lights hehe a candle xmas it was

Comment by jack colleton on December 30, 2016 at 0:14

Awesome Message Kevin! 

Comment by jack colleton on December 30, 2016 at 0:34

Thank You To All Members Who Responded With Good Wishes From Jack.

Comment by Andrew Brennan on December 30, 2016 at 9:07

Not everyone in Ireland bent the knee to the prevailing culture of punishing the children of the poor and their Mums. There were some who reached out to protect children. An Irish Traveller family sheltered and fed me after I absconded from one Institution. I received more food from them in the short few hours I was with them than I’d received from the nuns for a whole week – and the Travellers food was fresh and plenty of it.

Then there was the family in Dublin who took me in for a magical Christmas (late 50s/Early 60s) – even though they’d just become parents themselves, they’d actually opened their home to a child from the Institutions!

That was some Christmas – it even snowed! I’ve tried to recreate that Christmas for our own children every Christmas. Nothing fancy. Good Food, warmth, a few presents, sing-songs, games and importantly: A Sense of Belonging. Could never recreate the snow though!

And a family in Wexford who took me in for a Glorious Summer in 1960. There were trips on trains to the seaside, sandcastles, buns, lemonade, a visit to the cinema, good food – especially tomatoes! And A Sense of Belonging. And after I was returned to the Institution the family and friends I made in Wexford collected comics and sent them to me in the Institution.

All Memories to Cherish and I Do Cherish them.


And it was only relatively recent that I was able to trace one of the families - to thank them.

Comment by Rob Northall on December 30, 2016 at 9:59

Love that this Website can Help People

Heart Warming to hear thing like that.

Believe its also a virtual sense of belonging "Family" even?

Or is that too bold of me?

Comment by jack colleton on December 30, 2016 at 13:51

Good Story Andrew!  A Great Reminder Of The Good People To Be Found In Life! Shared In Twitter.

Comment by jack colleton on December 30, 2016 at 13:51

No Not At All Rob!

Comment by pauline jackson on December 30, 2016 at 16:06

well its over now its happy new year to all. lets hope. hope is a good thing to have.

Comment by jack colleton on December 30, 2016 at 16:27

Hope Eternal!   :)

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