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Shannon’s Story begins…
Shannon’s Story begins…

Her life was so short yet she made such a difference to all who knew her...

The 29th April 1997 was a momentus occasion as it was the birth of our third daughter, Shannon Anne Birbeck. A most unexpected pregnancy as we did not expect to have three children. My oldest daughter was 8 and my son about to turn 3 when she was born. Little did we know that within 10 months, we would face a life altering moment...

This is the start of her story on her 22nd birthday...29 April 2019. I haven't changed much of what I wrote at the time as it is not a book of prose or perfect sense. Its a story of our journey, from that day foreward to this one. The ramblings of a mom in grief....

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Life really is … a beach (cont…)
Life really is … a beach (cont…)
But I moved into my own room in a house share in Tooting Bec where I’m now the head cook for the house and I’ve taught them to sit down and have dinner together every night and have a home not a house! I taught them to share food and be nice not to squirrel things in their own food cupboards. To do common chores like taking or the rubbish and taking it in turns to clean the kitchen. I moved before my kids asked me to move as places are small here. I have learnt how to use vouchers from the paper for discounts and free meals, I travel on trains and busses as an over 55 and get my travel at 50%. I’ve stopped converting as I now spend according to what I earn and I have already got my first pay check as I get paid every two weeks. I cry when I get lost at night and I hug my front door when I finally make it home. I’ve started a blog on Facebook which I called “Life is a Beach “and I write every day about my trials and tribulations. My family incl husband had remained in South Africa and will do for the next 4 years and we are slowly adjusting. You can follow me if you like and share your stories too. I love it here and I love that trains arrive on time and that I travel means I’m working. My part time jobs take me all over the UK and my travel is paid and I earn more in a week than my flat mates do in a month. I’ve learnt to shop carefully as I don’t have a car parked outside I have to carry it home! I still cook for groups so it’s good that I’m the cook here. Lastly the best is getting my post when I get home. It’s on the floor and it has my name on it as I comes through the letter box. Not an email but a letter or card that I have applied for!!! What a life... it really is a Beach...
The world of laundry (new to me)
The world of laundry (new to me)
Funny story... when I first married Dennis back in 1981. He bought a front loader washing machine from Tony Factor!! He asked if I could use one and I said of course.. little did he know I knew diddly squat about washing anything as I was what is commonly known as a spoilt brat.
I loaded the first wash with his expensive polo shirts and my pink gorgeous lingerie which I had gotten as a gift at my kitchen tea a short while before we moved into Windsor Park... it was beautiful once you know. Anyway the shirts came out pink and he had a fit. The bleach ruined his collars and blah blah blah... he hired a helper and I was never to wash again. Read More...  
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