Thursday, 15 December 2016
“Mum, how did you and Dad first meet?” (FICTION based on GENEALOGICAL FACT)
Lilian was breathless “Lucy you’ll never guess what? Tonight I was so late for choir practice I ran in the back door, tripped over a felt hat and hit the floor,”
Lucy interrupted: “Oh no.”
Lilian continued: “Well, this new man was there and he’d left it on the floor. He was so apologetic and… so sweet. He had this strong Scottish accent, a twinkle in his blue eyes and he called me ‘lassie’ as he helped me up. My stomach dropped and I felt so shaky and strange. Lucy, I couldn’t think what to say.”
“This is so exciting Lil. Sounds like you were knocked off your feet in more ways than one. Now tell me more about this young Scotsman.” Lucy implored.
Lilian replied: “My heart was racing and I’m sure my cheeks were red. I wasn’t brave enough to look towards the tenors, where he was. I felt guilty singing in church with the stained glass figures, the cross and Mrs Webb on the organ watching. I knew I shouldn’t be thinking of anything but the words, the music and of course watching the conductor. But my mind kept wandering as we practiced Sunday’s hymn list.
After choir, he was off home on his gig before I made it outside. The girls were chatting about him and said he comes all the way in from Orrvale and he’s an orchardist there.“
Lilian finished up: “I doubt that he thought any more of it though as he has such a pure voice and I’m just one of the chorus. The lead sopranos will all be noticed well before me.”
Resource: Personal Knowledge of my family:
Lilian Agnes Cottam (my mother) b 24 Aug 1913 Kew Victoria Australia d 02 Aug 1996 Tweed Heads, NSW
Lucy - girlfriend who lived with the Cottam family for awhile, maiden surname unknown. Married Ross Thomas Martin.
William Louden Pearce (my father) b 29 May 1904 Peebles Scotland, d. 20 Apr 1982 Tweed Heads NSW
Choir at Scots Church, 134 Maude St, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia.