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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: craftyailz
2007-12-18 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your condolences.

Pat is a wonderful woman. I used to have this hope that she was really my mother, rather than my godmother (and only that as proxy for my great aunt in Ireland). She backed me when my mother said how awful I was, came to see me in hospital as a child when my father couldn't and has always been there for me - and others. She is coping - she is 80, and had breast cancer 6 years ago, but if you met her you'd be surprised at her youth and energy.

Alan was apprenticed as a chrome plater in a factory that made wallpaper rollers, which was a good job for a 'slow-learner'. It turned out that he was dislexic rather than slow. He was certainly smart enough to know he had to move out of his parents' house if he wanted to keep his job.

The post-mortem is done - his heart just gave out. Between his weight, cold and diabetes - and hernia, possibly - it was just too much for it.

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