I started writing this post at 745am on Saturday morning. My husband and I did not get to bed till after midnight but my head was buzzing from all the memories of the night so I figured I might as well get up and try and commit some of them to print. It is now Sunday morning and I am still working on it. It is taking a long time to write as I have to check facts and details to make sure I have all the names etc correct.
The last time I went I was in the services and it would have been an Officer's Mess Ball somewhere. I had to do a lot of self talk to get myself there and, if it wasn't for the fact that a lovely lady called Katrina had asked Aussie Heroes to donate a quilt, I would not have even considered it.
Thank you Katrina!
Thanks also to Pearl who I know spent countless hours organising the ball and who also liaised with me about the quilt and sent me information I could use for last Thursday night's post. I am so glad that I got to meet you, albeit briefly, on the night.
Mr Howard was very gracious, accepted my business card and allowed me to tell him a little about Aussie Heroes and what we do before I left him in peace.
At the end of 2013 I found out that one of the members of the Dolphine Quilters, a NSW quilt group that sews for us, was the mother-in-law of a senior officer who I had wanted to send a quilt to for some time. I knew his job was demanding and I also knew that he had not requested a quilt. Often these men don't as they prefer the quilts to go to their subordinates. I appreciate and respect that, but I still believe these officers also deserve our appreciation. I asked this mother-in-law if she would let me send a quilt to her son-in-law. The answer came back yes please.
A quilt was sent off and, as luck would have it, it arrived on Christmas Eve, just days after our recipient returned home. I later received a beautiful hand written and heartfelt thank you letter. After Christmas, the wife of our recipient, who is an officer in the RAAF Reserve, took the quilt in to her work to show her friends, Adele and Amanda, also reservist officers. As soon as Adele heard my name she knew who I was as both our husbands were cadets together at Frognall - if you are too young to know what Frognall is then, in brief, Frognall is where the Engineering Cadets used to live whilst they did their engineering degrees. It does not exist these days. I was told that the other lady, Amanda, was actually Amanda Brown, wife of the Chief of Air Force, and she had said she was going to make sure her husband knew about Aussie Heroes.
Actually, Chief of Air Force, Air Marshall Geoff Brown, AO already knew about Aussie Heroes as he had written a letter of appreciation to Aussie Heroes in November 2013 to be read out at our dinner in Brisbane. Still, it doesn't do any harm for him to hear about us from his wife! :-)
Talk about a blast from the past!!!
t was so nice to see her again and she was just as lovely and friendly as she always used to be. In fact, I don't think she has changed one bit. Her name was Amanda. You can probably see where I am going with this, but it was not till the end of the night when Amanda was saying goodbye that I saw her with her husband and the penny dropped!! It turns out the Amanda I had now bumped into 20 odd years later happens to be the same Amanda who saw the quilt with Adele.
after we had swapped notes about our kids..... as you do!