They say that traits and talents can lie dormant for years before emerging, and there’s some truth in that. Some families are musical, blessed souls, with little Johnny taking up the bassoon like his granddad (or the other way around); others adept at a myriad other pursuits, but with most folk busy earning a crust, they don’t have time to follow their dreams or fancies (down lads).
But, come retirement, well – it’s a new chapter - a whole new world to explore (arthritis willing). Fancy yourself as: an artist? Go ahead, dabble; joining a choir or singing group? Warble away. Dancing maybe (Strictly’s over-subscribed) but there’s always Morris Dancing…
So, you may ask, where’s all this leading? Well to the Lennick family. Matriarchal (ha ha) mum Joy (nee Mansfield) – having gone through a thousand ball-points and a few lap-tops, and dad Eric – Sydney with a Y – Lennick. Two blood lines with similarities. Of course, penchants and, pastimes can sometimes take an age to develop/ferment/emerge, and so it has been with Senor Lennick
The result? At the ripe age of 87, he has written his autobiography: A LIFE WORTH LIVING: a peep into his past – a web woven in a mostly pleasing manner. For anyone interested in social history from 1928 onwards, and a good chuckle, it’s for you. That’s not to say he hasn’t written anything before…oh no, his cheeky limericks (Lennericks) are known in some quarters…until, urged by a friend, he took a deep breath and decided to tell all.
(Well not quite all. He has developed an odd habit of looking over his shoulder…)
Son Jason taken when he was an art student
Eric has three sons, Jason , Damon and Robert, and all three are quick with a double entendre and verbal quip, so it was no surprise when eldest son Jason, a website designer/artist/photographer, took up the quill – OK lap-top – and started writing blogs, poems and short stories http://www.halfbananasblog.wordpress.com (he’s fifty-five so entitled!)
A LIFE WORTH LIVING is being published by the newly formed QUIRKY GIRL PUBLISHING and a free copy of the book will be presented to whoever writes the most interesting/funny/unusual 500 -1,000 words story about their past. It can just be a cameo of a sad or funny time in your life.