A Journey of Memories

Ever walked into the house and your partner starts to sing for you?

Well, that happened to me this morning *WINK* .
I returned from a short visit to Patricia, when I walked into the living room Rob started to sing with a big smile on his face…

“If you were the only girl in the world
And I were the only boy
I would say such wonderful things to you
There would be such wonderful things to do
If you were the only girl in the world
And I were the only boy…”

I recognized the song, but I had no clue how he got that song. With a big smile he explained it.
He was looking for something on the internet, when he ran by coincidence into this picture…

LP Rudi Carell

This is the cover a vinyl long play record. It is the recording of a show done by the Dutch artist Rudi Carell. The show is about how he is stranded on an uninhabited island.
The show is recorded in 1964, so Rob was around 1 year old and I was not even born. So it was not that Rob can remember this show.

Rob’s parents owned this vinyl record and he loved it. He must have heard it many times. So even that he knows the lyrics of all the songs by heart. That even after all that time and that it has been for many years out of his active memories.

He searched on the Internet and found recordings of the show and we watched those together. And I have to admit that I had some good laughs. And laughing together is even better. I placed these recording below at the end of this article (and sorry, the show is mostly in Dutch).

What I really like is that Rob can be so deeply happy over such a relative simple thing! His mood was really enjoyable and that made the weekend even better as it already was.


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Some time ago someone said to me that my house is really a collection of memories. I just looked around and realized that this person was very correct.

Let me take you in a number of articles along on a journey of memories. These memories will not be synchronous with when they happened, but more with random jumps along the timeline of my life.

But it has to start here…

17 April 1963, a Wednesday in Amsterdam and the day that I was born. My birth card, which was quite unique because of the photo of my mother and me (yes, that little human being is me *SMILE* )

And from that day my existence in this world was a fact: The youngest of 3, born in the area of Amsterdam that is called “De Pijp”.

The toy rabbit in the photo was made by an aunt around the time I was born. I believe my mother told me once that she was living as a nun. Sadly, no more information about this aunt.
The missing ear of the rabbit was caused by a guinea pig that I had when I was a young boy.

And there is this “Spaarbankboekje” (Savings account booklet). This savings account was opened by my parents when I was born.
There is still some money on that account, in “Guldens” that is, which was the Dutch currency before the Euro was introduced.
I even could redraw that money from the saving account, but that would mean most likely that I have to turn in the booklet and that is something I don’t want.

The glasses on the photo are from the time I was a young lad.
As happy I am with my reading/computer glasses that I have nowadays, so I disliked the glasses over then. I even managed to drop it in the back of a truck that went to the other side of the country. Sadly, for me at that time, they were returned.

It is great to have these items from so long ago. And when I look around in my apartment, there are many items with memories, from long ago or not that long ago, good memories and maybe some not so good memories.

I think there will be quite some articles needed to write about all these memories. But it will be fun and I have all the time of the world to do so *SMILE*

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