Thursday, 6 October 2005

Deja vu

Many years ago,at least thirty I would think, I was a participant in a correspondance magazine,or a round robin as it was some times called.Yesterdays entry prompted the train of thought that made me remember this.

About six or eight of us belonged to this particular "Mag"as we called it ,and the title was Firefly.         We would all send our entry into the editor by a certain date of the month,she would then ,put all the letters, photos,recipes knitting patterns etc into the mag,we were allowed to keep it not longer than three days,to read ,make our notes,then you send it off to the next person on the list.

We were all like minded young married women,with young familys,so had lots in common.I remember feeling quite excited as the date for the arrival of the mag drew near .I would read it catching up with news of my friends and their familys,making my notes on the entries,(sound familiar?)My daughter Sharon ,then I suppose about eleven or twelve was also an avid fan."Is that the mag Mum oo can I read it?"After the three days some times sooner,off would go Firefly winging its way to the next eager contributer via the good old G P O .I also remember that one of the members didnt contribute for a couple of months ,when she did it was to tell us her husband had died ,asthma ,at home waiting for the ambulance,she had three small children I remember.I wish I could remember all the names and more details.What has stuck in my mind though,it was decided we should meet,and as the girl who was the editor lived in the midlands,she was to be our host.I actually do remember the name of the girl who took me in her car,she was Sheila,well off we set we were finally going to meet our friends wed been writing to each other for a number of years now.We were chatting away,discussing our fellow penpals,approaching a round about,slowing down............thinks she ll stop in a minute!!!!   NO    We hit the car in front,fortunately no one was hurt ,so we continued on our way ,somewhat shaken but undetered,I seem to remember we had a lovely day,rather spoilt by the thought... Ive got to go home with this scatterbrain as she proved to be!!Happy days! do wish I could remember more ,especially those girls names.   Mags Journals,so very similar .FIRE FLY a lovely song too!

   Have a good days friends with love  Jan xx

8 comments:

jeanno43 said...

Funny how memories come back to us so clearly years later. Wonder what all those girls are doing now?  Maybe they are keeping journals lol.  Glad the accident was not a nasty one.

wobblymoo said...

That's wonderful, I suppose with the interent you can catch up straight away :)

cyandfayedavis said...

What a lovely idea.  J-land journals are almost as good.  We just don't have the waiting which builds real expectation.

sarajanesmiles said...

Makes me wonder why you stopped writing each other?  
Lovely tale though, and I'm glad you all got to meet up ;o)
Sara   x

nedmoh said...

Yes Jan I remember that mag called Fire fly, you use to let me read it sometimes, wonder where they all are now?Also there was House party on television we enjoyed that too, do you remember how the used to ring the front door bell, and Derek being Derek said "Go round the back".Well, we thought it was funny at the time!!!!!

lsfp1960 said...

How fun for a bunch of young moms.  Today, I guess the modern version would be an AOL journal...the only difference is you don't have to snail-mail it to the next person and you can keep it forever!

jmoqueen said...

It sounds like a lovely idea - it's a shame more of this kind off thing doesn't go on anymore - but with the internet the post is very much forgotten isn't it??  

rachealcarol said...

Could be worth trying to find them again, start the mag up again or do something similiar on the internet.We never intend to lose touch with people it just seems to happen. Rache xx