RIVER PHILIP – Seventy years after his mother’s tragic passing Garnet Dickson still feels his mother’s love after discovering a birthday card she wrote for him for his 11th birthday.
Dickson’s mother Nellie took ill and passed away from an aneurism four days before his 11th birthday – March 3, 1944 – and when his special day came, it was spent grieving the loss of his beloved mother. Her funeral was on his birthday.
Over the years, her belongings were shared amongst family members and amongst them were a birthday card for Dickson, tucked away and almost forgotten for 70 years.
That is, until his 81st birthday, when his brother discovered the card and delivered it to its rightful owner.
On the front of the card reads “Birthday greetings to an 11 year old.” The card has remarkably retained its colour, with its pink border and blue lettering. A puppy dog in the style of the day sits upright donning a monocle. Inside is the note reads, “With eleven happy birthdays, you can count a lot of fun. I hope you keep counting far beyond you ten plus one.”
Garnett described his mother and a special person and receiving her card 70 years later a touching moment in his life.