Janine is home! We had all set to and made the place spotless for her …. we just couldn’t let her come back to the mess we’d allowed the place to become could we! Peter was here from the hospital and it is great having her back. We don’t know how long she’ll stay though. With us all together for the first time we heard the whole story of their ‘friendship’.
Apparently Peter and Janine have known each other for a long time. Both their families are quite well off and it seems Peter and Janine sort of kept bumping into each other at social events. Friendship grew into fondness and then into love. Unfortunately Janine’s mother died around this time and it really knocked her father sideways. Janine had to give up virtually everything to keep him afloat.
Just after then, Peter’s parents moved abroad on business and he went with them. He and Janine kept in touch by letter but ob saw nothing of each other. Janine’s father got over his deep depression and then rushed into a second marriage after an instant romance.
Apparently Janine’s step-mother and her struck sparks off each other from day one. They argued about everything, especially Janine’s friends and particularly Peter. It finally got to the stage where her step-mother was tearing up all Peter’s letters before Janine ever saw them.
Janine was still writing to Peter but – she thought – never getting a reply. What with that and constant rows with her step mother she finally walked out without telling anyone. That was when she turned up here – with us.
It appears that her step-mother wouldn’t let it stop there though. She got a private detective to track her down. He finally found her here and reported back. That’s what caused Janine’s problem. She came to see her, claiming that she wanted to make it up with her. She had brought some apples for them to share. Like a fool Janine believed her. The apple had obviously been tampered with in some way because Janine could remember biting it but nothing else until she heard Peter’s voice yesterday.
The whole room went silent as each thought of what the two had gone through. It was Grumpy that broke the silence. ‘Disgusting’ he said, then, ‘anyone for tea or coffee?’
It really and quickly brought us back to the real world. Orders were place and everyone started talking to everyone. We were and are all so pleased to have ‘our’ Janine back.
Bye for now