"My Matinee Jacket"

"My father went away to the war.
Ten days later my sister Margaret was born.
Ten days later our mother died.
I was 18 months old,
too young to remember her.
Her legacy to me - my matinee jacket.
Hand made with love and care,
the seams sewn with tiny neat stitches,
finished and decorated with embriodery.
A VERY PRECIOUS GIFT."

Sheila Ford

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