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There was an absolutely lovely programme on Radio 4 this morning called The Marriage Years, in which several people who were married in 1940 spoke about how they met and about the early years of their marriages, which of course were during the war. It was really, really sweet, and absolutely fascinating. Both my sets of grandparents married during the last years of the war, and neither of my grandmothers had white wedding dresses because of fabric shortages, so it was interesting to see how some people got round that problem! It was sad too - when one very articulate, witty lady started choking back tears when talking about the telegram which announced her husband's death - sixty years ago - I was snuffling. By the time the only featured couple who are both still alive (most of the other interviewees were now widows) talked about how they always hold hands on the bus - "in case you fall off the seat!" - I was bawling like a five year old.

If you are less of a sap than me and can listen to stuff like that without getting all red-eyed, go hereand scroll down the "listen to the latest programmes" column.


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Dec. 6th, 2003 07:52 am (UTC)
a month or two ago i wandered around the graveyard near my work, and nearly fell to bits when i found a husband and wife buried together who had died 50 years apart.
Dec. 6th, 2003 07:57 am (UTC)
Oh God, that's so nice. There was another woman on the programme whose husband died about 30 years ago, and she said that even now when she's worried about something, she just imagines him putting his arm around her and she feels comforted.

Aw, fuck, even writing that made me tear up.

And, my great grandparents died within a few weeks of each other, in their eighties. When he died, she suddenly became very frail, and just passed away a few weeks later. Some people just can't go on without their partners.
Dec. 6th, 2003 08:26 am (UTC)
Dec. 6th, 2003 08:37 am (UTC)
If you can handle it, have a listen to the programme online! I think it's going to be a series, so doubtless I'll be weeping again next week.
Dec. 6th, 2003 08:52 am (UTC)
ah, i still haven't got around to upgrading my computer, so i can't listen to anything. painfully antiquated, i know.
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