This little ‘colour’ photo was tucked into an old envelope amongst some things my mother gave me after my father died. ‘You have it, she said. Don’t know why he brought it home. It was the cause of a few ‘fights’ over the years’.
‘What do you see’, she asked me.
‘Looks like a very young Dad posing for the camera with a girl dressed in a Hawaiian grass skirt’, I replied.
‘I see a man with a secret’, was what she said.
It seems Dad spent some time in Hawaii during WW2 and this photo came home with him. Mum found it, confronted him and he laughed and shrugged his shoulders. ‘Nothing in it, he said. All good harmless fun. She sang, she danced and entertained us’ – us being lots of young men away from home, fighting for their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Unfortunately my mother being my mother wouldn’t let it end there. And over the years made reference to the photo – which for some reason Dad kept in his wallet. No one knows why. He’d take it out (just to annoy her, she said) look at it, then put it away.
Now the photo would have to have been taken mid 1940s and Dad died in 1990. A long time for a bit of teasing to carry on. If it was teasing 😊
I often wonder what it was that Dad didn’t want to (or maybe couldn’t) share with Mum.
Are there any ‘secrets’ you keep or have kept from your ‘loved ones’ ?
Ones that you are willing to share.
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