Elizabeth Byrne nee Glew - My recollections 2
|Dad, Lisa and me about 1966-67|
|Dad and I about 1964-65|
My brother Gregory was born on the 3rd February 1968, 5 days before my 5th birthday and apparently I was extremely upset as mum had organized a party and suddenly couldn't be there.
Like most children we got sick all around the same time. I remember getting chicken pox and then measles and mumps. It seemed that it was all at the same time - maybe it was. Sometime around the age of 4yr we discovered that my brother was almost blind. He had been enrolled in kindergarten and nothing was noticed. But when he started pre-school the teacher realised that he had a problem with his eye sight. What we had taken for a very very loving child, who used to put his hands on your face and get really close to you, was actually a child whose eyesight was extremely bad. I'm surprised we never noticed. Greg had to wear glasses that were almost like 'coke' bottles. They were so thick you could start a fire using them!!
Needless to say we all felt extremely guilty and hence started the era of 'spoiling the poor child rotten'.
|Me, Mum holding Greg, Lisa and Dad. A promotional photo taken about 1968-69|