Our lovely old nieghbour, you made us feel so very welcome when me and my little family first moved in to our little flat in four oaks. Im sure at first glance you must have wondered what kind of nieghbours we would be, a young couple, early 20s with a baby and heavily pregnant. But you didnt judge, and even though making your way up and down the stairs was hard for you, you still made your way to introduce yourself and offer any help you could give. I remember that well.
As the years went by, we spoke most days. Sonetimes just in passing, others would be longer chats sitting in the communal gardens while the children played and your little dog, poppet, hid under your chair eventually running around with the children like an excited puppy.
I loved your stories, especially when you went to australlia on holiday and didnt come back for 16years! I could really imagine you as an adventurous young woman. You certainly always looked like a beautiful, happy, young lady in your photos. I wish we hadnt got distracted so often and had to cut the story telling short.
7years on, my little family had out grown our little flat and we were moving on to our new home. It was such a stressful time, Laila had caught scarlet fever, we had to keep her away from you as your health wasnt what it used to be. Then the move came, 10days before christmas and the children were starting their new school. I promised we would come back and visit you soon. I know, i did leave it longer than either of us expected. This is now regret i have to live with.
We did come back Betty, mid jan. I was so worried when you didnt answer, i had a feeling something wasnt right. We asked round to make sure you was safe and well and for someone to let you know we would be back soon. Then we were told the new that you had passed, 2weeks earlier. We were all heart broken. Marley took it very hard, he was just 4 and you were like another nanny to him. Even now, nearly 2years later, we still talk about you and miss you very much. I wish we had atleast got one more visit in before you had to leave forever. I hate to think you thought we had forgotten. Please forgive me, i hadnt forgot. I just let life get in the way.
I know you are at peace now with your son. And we will all meet again. You really did make an imprint in our lives. We love you and miss you. Poppet too!
Love always, Kelly, Laila, Hallie and Marley xxxxx