Meet the Family…

Meet the Happy Family – John!

We had to start with John, without John, well, it would be a very different play. We see John grow up, so it’s only right to meet John at the different stages of his life.

The First Age…

I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life, my family always expected better things from me! I am just a kid trying to do the best I can, I don’t really know what I am going to do after I leave school. Do I want to go to university? Do I go the same way my Grandad did and work down the pit? All I really know is whatever I do, my family will still find something to have a go at me for!

The Second Age…

I think I made the right decision to go to uni and not end up down the pit? I mean it was about time one of us in the family spread our wings (other than Rebecca). I suppose Dad had some potential but lacked self-belief and had no support in his day to study away from home and I guess it was the same old pattern for Grandad and so on, but who knows? All I know is I couldn’t have suffered a mundane routine life of coal and “early grey.” Like my Aunty Doris would say “I like a bit of life” and I did. I don’t know what’s worse, feeling the suffocation down the pit with my Dad’s poor jokes or at home with my Mother’s poor cooking? In fact, yes, I definitely made the right decision, take Grandad’s money and run! Did I really need the money Grandad left behind? Perhaps my parents needed it more and they wouldn’t have lived a life of tinned ham….

The Third Age…

So, as from yesterday, they are all gone now. All except Rebecca, and she’s been living somewhere in Australia for nearly thirty years. It felt like I should mark the occasion by trying as hard as I could to remember them all. Which was bitter-sweet if I’m honest – and I had forgotten (or blocked out) what an arrogant sod I was sometimes. But it was good to see and hear them all again, even if it was just in my head. I hope I remembered it right.

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