We interrupt our regular bookstore blog to bring you sad news from Jack’s family…
Our phone rang yesterday morning and could see it was a call from the UK. I was shocked to learn that my big sister had died during the night, suddenly and unexpectedly. She had just celebrated her 80th birthday and a big family celebration was planned for when I will be over in June for my annual tour. So, lots of memories and thoughts today.
One of my most treasured possessions is an old hardback copy of ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ that Margaret gave me as a present when I was probably about 8 years old. Over the years it has stayed with me in all the houses I’ve lived in and the other books in the series have been added. But of all the books I own it is the most valuable to me. Throughout my life Pooh has played an important role, and because Wendy is also a big fan our wedding cake was Pooh themed. I have many memories of being well looked after by my big sister before she headed off to England to work and eventually marry. Cycle rides to the seaside and the country were our big thing.
In recent years there hasn’t been a Christmas, birthday, 4th of July or Thanksgiving when I didn’t get a card from her, while I’m particularly glad that I was able to visit her a couple of times in the last few years.
I’ll be re-reading ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ again over the next few days and I know that when I reach the last page, where Christopher Robin explains to Pooh why he won’t be seeing him any more, I’ll be crying as usual. But this time the tears will be for Margaret’s passing as much as Pooh’s.