On Tuesday I wrote about my nan and today I am writing about my grandfather, not nan’s husband but my dad’s father. Richard Thomas Jenkins11, he was always called Tom but unlike the memories I have of my nan the memories of Tom also called “Poppy Jenkins” are not the best ones…………….
When I was 14 he told me I wasn’t a good a daughter as my sister Sue, and that he didn’t think I was a grateful daughter. I remember when my parents gave me my first typewriter I loved it but Tom said to me that he didn’t think I should had gotten it and that I wouldn’t appreciate it.
So if anyone tells you those negative comments to children do no harm I am telling you they are wrong because all these years later these comments still bother me.
So a little about Tom he was born on the 7th April 1917 and died on the 24th May 1991 Tom was a coal miner from a very early age for a short period in about 1950 he worked for the SNOWY MOUNTAINS HYDRO- ELECTRIC SCHEME, stationed at Tumit Ponds, my dad remembers being with his dad at that time.
Tom was never a loving and generous man, well I do not remember him in that way, although he was extremely fond of his daughter in-law Mavis who he always thought of as just another daughter and it was mum who was there for him during the last years of his life.
I have enclosed two photos of Tom they are not the best photos but they were all I could find.