Flint & Steel Full Circle Writing Challenge

No Time To Say Goodbye

If you could see into the future, would you? I certainly would not have chosen to see what life had in store for me.

Rosy Gee
Flint and Steel
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6 min readSep 24, 2022

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An old black & white photo of two children standing either side of Santa Claus who is holding a baby on his lap
Me on the left looking across adoringly at my older brother

Seeing how happy I was as a child in the photograph, nobody could have predicted the tragedies that would befall our family.

Hearing the beautiful sound of birdsong takes me back to when I was a child when we lived in a small council house in the south of England. Things were tough. The leather coat that I am wearing in the picture was a hand-me-down from my cousin.

My brother, Gary, and I went to the local state school just around the corner. Growing up on a council estate in the 1960’s could have turned out either way. Fortunately, our parents worked hard and bought a smallholding in Surrey, so we moved away when I was eight - about the year the photograph was taken. A baby brother joined us shortly afterwards and so it was that we became a family of six. Mum, Dad, two boys and two girls.

Dad ran his engineering business from the out-buildings and managed to buy the twenty acres surrounding the family home. Gary and I worked hard on the smallholding, helping Mum out in the one hundred foot long greenhouse and working with Dad in his…

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Rosy Gee
Flint and Steel

An author working hard towards becoming a full-time novelist. You can find out more here: http://rosygee.substack.com