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Alan [Dec. 18th, 2007|12:02 pm]
Tony Grist
 Alan lived with Pat.  They weren't a couple; there was no blood link. He was a slow learner and she had been his teacher.  After he left school he got a factory job but his mother couldn't be relied on to get him up for work so he moved in with Pat who could. The arrangement lasted over thirty years. Ailz also lived with Pat for a while. Pat's a wonderful lady who never had children of her own but has a gift for stepping in and taking over when mothers fail.

Ailz went up to Pat's yesterday. She was there when the nice undertaker lady called. There's going to be a post-mortem and- barring complications- the funeral will take place on Friday afternoon. 

Ailz came home with a bag full of things Alan no longer needs- like curry sauces and pasta (which Pat won't eat) and big chunky mugs (Pat uses cups). One of the mugs- the one Ailz is drinking coffee from as I write- has Homer Simpson on it. Another carries a risque joke about nuts and spanners.

[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2007-12-18 01:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear this. But a marvellous story. Thank goodness that we can, in a way, choose our families. I guess Pat will be at a bit of a Loose End now but I know that a lady like her will have a load of friends to rally round.

I will be thinking about you all on Friday.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-12-18 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I've just heard there's a possibility we may not be able to get an officiant for the funeral- in which case we'll have to cobble together some sort of act of remembrance for ourselves.

Pat is an active and highly respected member of her village community. She won't lack for friends.
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