As we approach Christmas, thoughts can often turn to those loved ones no longer with us. Pictured here in December 1970, are my own parent Joe and Janet Veverka in the front Living room at Stonefield Crescent. They’re both just 23 years old and mum was 7 months pregnant with me, their first child.
The pictures exude happiness and why shouldn’t they? This was the end of their first year together in Scotland, my dad moving from Prague and marrying my mother a year earlier. I vaguely recall we had a cat called “Rags” featured in the little basket under the TV. The open coal fire, mantlepiece clock and even christmas cards on a string on the wall will be remembered by other Blantyre families. I miss my parents tremendously. They died so young at only 60 and 62 and never saw any of the five grandchildren they have today. It’s appropriate i’m posting this today on 22nd December as they were married in Prague on 22nd December 1969, today would have been their anniversary.
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