Life’s a Jigsaw Too

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“Psychologist, soldier, lover of sailing, traveller and extrovert”

The original “Life’s a Jigsaw” was written by my mother Frances, a life story really, and it chronicled an 83 year history of a young and pretty Maltese woman, bereft of education because of WWII, mother of two boys and two girls, who migrated in 1949 and lived a full life in Australia. After Dad died she became a true feminist, taking charge of the family and taking on board a male companion, who stayed with her until her death. Of the many stories of her life, one stands out for me.

Upon Dad’s burial, after a solemn service and playing of the “Last Post” (for dear old dad was a veteran of Tobruk), she looked at the adjacent graves and declared to all and sundry, “Well, Johnny has finally got what he always wanted, he is lying down between two younger women, but what he doesn’t know, is that when I go, I will be on top of him.” Yes that was my mum, Frances.

So my contribution to the jigsaw is a collection of some fifty anecdotes of events and scenes that I have witnessed and wondered about. They start in 2013, just before I moved back to Malta and cover many countries and cities, all interesting in their own way

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