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 Post subject: Re: Advent Drabbles 2016 - Dec 7th posted
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I was starting to feel quite sad until she said she'd already had the best present she could want :D. It's lovely to see how these drabbles are showing that the CS made a big difference to the lives of people who hadn't been very happy before they went there. Thank you, Robin!

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Thank you, Robin. Lots of reflection from Polly who hadn't really bothered to think about the consequences of her actions before.


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Oh Robin I really loved Polly's letter. The other letters have all been good but this one really touched me for some reason. Thanks to all the Robins who bring such a lot to Advent every year,


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That is so nice Robin. I too was touched by the way Polly had taken her life lessons to heart....

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I always liked Polly!

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Very nice, thank you, Robin - so many of the girls and staff found the CS a life-changing experience.

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Lovely letter from Polly, thank you.

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Thank you, Robin, I really loved Polly's letter. It shows how she was maturing and growing up to be the fine young woman who cared for her Guardian until his death!


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I loved Polly's letter. Thank you Robin! :)


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Dear Father Christmas,

I write to you not because I believe in you but because I wish to. I have heard that simply to put a wish into words can make it more likely to happen, and my wishes are so very important – or so they seem to me.

You see, I have everything I need. I eat well, I have sufficient clothing, I have schooling and a useful job to do. I even have friends here; friends who know that I am German, though not my full history.

The thing I should like you to bring me is my mother. She is the only person I have left in the world and she is missing – she has been so for two months now, and no one knows where she is, not even the Gestapo. They wrote to me to ask where she is! As though I would tell them if I thought she might escape them. Bring her to me and I will be satisfied forever. Perhaps I could even be happy. And I would work, oh so hard.

I know that I have done a terrible thing in the past – although in the end I do not think I harmed anyone. And I know that for you or anyone else to fulfil my request is probably now impossible. Yet I wish for nothing else.

Yours sincerely,

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Oh, that's interesting. Poor Gertrud, what a dreadful situation she was in, and only a child.

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Poor Gertrud, caught up on events beyond her control. I wish we'd heard later on that she and her mum had survived the war OK.

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Thank you Robin, feels a likely letter for her.

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That seems likely. She was only a child and out under awful pressure.


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Poor Gertrud! This captures her so well! Thanks Robin!


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December 194-

Dear Father Christmas

Auntie Phyll says we’re never too old to write to you, so even though I’m an adult now, and expecting to be called up soon, I’m sending you this letter. Apparently the whole family – cousins and everything – will gather to put the notes up the chimney; it’s a family tradition, and Auntie Phyll said I was part of the family now.

I’ll completely understand if you don’t think I deserve any presents this year. I’ve been awful – I still can’t believe what I did, and the Abbess (Miss Annersley, that is) was quite right to expel me. I can’t even think about what might have happened if that awful man’s plan had worked and the Germans had been able to break into the twins’ island. I think I must have gone a bit mad or something to do such a thing, but I mustn’t make excuses, not when everyone has been so decent to me, even the Abbess.

I still can’t believe that I don’t have to go back to Mr Irons, and that Auntie Phyll and the others have been so welcoming – I really don’t deserve it. I know they’re all a bit worried about me because I’m a lot quieter than I used to be, but I’m fine really. I’m just – and don’t laugh at me, Father Christmas – but I’m just determined that somehow I’ll make up for the awful thing I did, and then maybe... I know it sounds silly but when Floppy Bill (my friend, you know, or at least I thought she was) said she wouldn’t see me, I didn’t think I’d ever be worthy of anyone’s friendship again, let alone a really decent person like Elizabeth. But I’ve really been overwhelmed by people’s kindness. Even Fiona McDonald wrote to me to say she was sorry she’d annoyed me – imagine a kid of that age doing that; it made me feel quite small, actually.

Next year will be a new start, and I hope that I can get really involved and do my bit in the war effort. It might make up for some of my awfulness if I really go it the whole hog (sorry about the slang, Father Christmas, but I’m sure you’ve heard worse!) and dig right in.

I’m not going to ask you for any presents, but if you do have something to spare, perhaps you could give it to one of the poor children in Innsbruck that Madame and her sister were always talking about. Somehow it makes more sense now.

Auntie Phyll is calling so I’ll finish now. She says I really remind her of my mother, you know. That made me cry again, because I know Mother wouldn’t be feeling very happy with what I’ve done. I want more than anything else to make her proud of me, and I’m determined to start in right now.

Have a safe journey round the world on the 24th, Father Christmas: Europe must look a pretty dreadful place at the moment, but please, please, please can we all hope for better things next year?

Yours, Betty Wynne-Davies

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How lovely to see things working out for Betty, even though wartime Christmases were fraught with difficulties, and how much she's changed. Thank you, Robin :D .

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Poor Betty. A really lovely letter that almost made me cry. Thank you, Robin.


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Thank you Robins. I'm really enjoying all of these. Betty's letter sounds so heartfelt.

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Good for Betty, she's one of the CS's success stories, though it didn't seem like it at the time. Thank you, Robin.

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