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LOVE IN POST WORLD WAR II

LOVE IN POST WORLD WAR 11 3rd and final episode of trilogy My Grandfather was incredibly anglicised Studied in London and qualified as an optician My mother learnt English at school, She was my Grandfather’s jewel! He arranged a huge party for the British boys That brought them freedom from evil convoys Liberation, was followed almost immediately, By a civil war, totally savage, Which besides causing destruction Brought a great deal of Human death and anguish. They killed many, my grandmother shopping One day at the grocers watched something horrific, A pregnant woman bayoneted, my gran fainted. She was asked to be a witness for the Families were well acquainted! The day of the party arrived, And my mom, already a beautiful girl, preened all day, She hoped the young chap would come, she was a ray Of sunshine, flitting to and fro seeing to her guests, Weaving in and out of dancing couples, when she felt a tap On her shoulder and there he was ,her handsome soldier, Asking her for a dance, They fell in love at a single glance. The courtship lasted 18 months, my grandfather ecstatic Of her choice – they got married in Greece The country in peace, and the lovers at peace. They traveled to Cyprus, England, Rhodesia, Zambia And finally, South Africa. Somewhere along the line I was born, You see, I still have you all guessing my age, That part of my diary has lost its page! Would like us to buy a self- drive camper So we can eternally roam, It will be our second home, Travelling is in my blood, blame My parents, the army, To which this I acclaim!

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Date: 7/29/2020 6:05:00 PM
Bless you for committing your treasured family history to writing AND for sharing with your Soup community. So much ground you covered, it was like sitting down to have a chat with you over coffee. Beautifully done, and inspiring. God bless, my friend ~ John
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 8/15/2020 7:26:00 AM
Thank-you John. I so look forward to your comments because they are so meaningful and so relevant and so apt - bless you my friend - I'm actually having a cup of coffee as I am replying to you now. Hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 7/26/2020 7:51:00 PM
Tp roam at will and explore Jennifer This is the true age of an army child A gypsy of the forces of conflict
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Christopher Flaherty
Date: 7/28/2020 11:59:00 AM
Good on you Jen that is great and life affirming to hear. No regrets is all you can ask for expect in or out of this life Jennifer. My Dad passed away in S.A and got his wish he loved S.A his adopted country for all it's faults .
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 7/27/2020 12:11:00 PM
Hi Christopher, It was a career that my father ended as a Captain - the majority of my life has been in Africa which I call home, and a life which I wouldn't have changed a moment of. Blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 7/26/2020 6:54:00 PM
Hello Jennifer ... another interesting historic family story that is needed for future generations who delve into family history - thanks once again Jennifer - Lindsay
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 7/27/2020 11:54:00 AM
Hi Lindsay, you are right, It is important for future generations to know their family history and always lovely to see your wonderful comments. Blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 7/25/2020 7:49:00 AM
Hi Jennifer, I love the reality in your poetry. It is always an honour to read a little of someones history. Horror, rmance and a happy ending, such a mix in one poem. Such vivid images painted. Have a wonderful Saturday. Hugs....Mike. XX
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 7/27/2020 11:49:00 AM
Mike a lovely comment,thank-you - my moms stories which I am glad i was able to write and keep for posterity. Blessings, my friend, Jennifer.
Date: 7/23/2020 11:34:00 AM
Your humor, family romance and the horror depicted stunning! Such things intermix. Be blessed, Jennifer!
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 7/27/2020 11:46:00 AM
Thank-you Kim - a wonderful comment from a sincere and talented poetess. Blessings and hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 7/23/2020 10:34:00 AM
A great story, one with a happy ending, thank God! Appreciate you sharing it with all of us on the Soup, Jennifer! Cheers, Gershon
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 7/27/2020 11:39:00 AM
Hi Gershon, Glad you enjoyed it, it was a happy ending and they were a lovely couple - thank you, it was my greatest pleasure sharing it with all my friends on the Soup. Blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 7/23/2020 10:11:00 AM
I love the way you tell the story of your ancestors, Jennifer, and you are blessed to have such a detailed account. The attack on the pregnant woman was heartbreaking and I'm glad your grandmother was able to testify as a witness. Although children of military move around a lot, look how much you were able to experience! A lovely write. Hugs, Carolyn
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 7/26/2020 8:22:00 AM
Thank-you Carolyn. I needed to write these poems and wanted to for some time now so that I can hand them down in the family one day. You are always so sweet and I so appreciate and love your chatty comments, wished we lived nearer. Blessings, and hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 7/23/2020 7:30:00 AM
This is more an just a poem, Jennifer, it is a wonderful story of real people, a generation now i find hard to fine them....
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 7/26/2020 8:19:00 AM
Hi Harry, yes a truer wonderful love story, I'm glad I recorded these three episodes because now I have them for keeps until I hand them down one day. Thank-you Harry, you are such an awesome friend. Blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 7/23/2020 6:12:00 AM
Enjoyed your last part of the trilogy Jennifer, they were tough times to live in for sure. Tom
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 7/26/2020 8:14:00 AM
And so I came to be - half Greek half English - actually it is quite a lot of fun, because I don't have to stand up for either side or one at a time of both at once! Blessings smy friend, Jennifer.