Date: 02 Dec 2015 1:05 am Title: Chapter 34
Despite all they have learned from working alongside Hilda and Nell for the last few months, I can quite see why Nancy and Kathie are feeling somewhat overwhelmed as the start of the new term approaches. Good that Jack and Jem hold firm to their stance in not allowing Joey to see Len, however much she may ask for it, too. A very satisfyingly frank talk between Steve and his father - I hope Jack will learn from Steve's comments on the situation.
Its a big responsibilty for them, one Kathie feels more than Nancy.
Date: 01 Dec 2015 11:41 pm Title: Chapter 34
Poor Stephen! The boys were ignored by both Joey and Jack when they were away at school.
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Date: 01 Dec 2015 7:04 pm Title: Chapter 33
Jack is incapable of telling Joey that no means no. He has already used Len because he wanted Joey at home and was considering doing the same thing again.
He may be tired and stressed but the burden of dealing with Joey is on Madge and Jem. You can see how relieved he was when Jem said he would talk to Joey. Sad that she has regressed.
Just because she is in hospital, it does not mean that there is no real decision to make. I wonder if Jack would benefit from talking to a professional. He knew that things were not right at home and enabled Joey instead of standing up to her.
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Date: 30 Nov 2015 5:09 am Title: Chapter 29
Joey was already angry that her own sense of self importance to the school was not acknowledged at the party. Being drunk added more fuel to the fire and caused further pain for Len and Ted.
Just as well that Madge asked the old friends who were there to be discreet about this. I'm glad that Jem and Jack physically removed her and took her to the San.
The doctors who treated Joey before and decided not to deal with her irrational attitude to Len and Ted, could not have been more wrong. This is the trigger but there are so many other issues that need to be addressed.
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Date: 29 Nov 2015 10:48 pm Title: Chapter 32
Unbelievable that Joey wants 'more babies' when she refuses to look after her own children and consider the expense involved. It's high time that Jack put his foot down and stops indulging her.
I hope he does not expect Steve and Con to run the house and look after the younger children. After all, he along with Joey was quite happy for Len to look after her younger siblings for years and have no life of her own.
Joey always wanted quads...Thank you for commenting.
Date: 28 Nov 2015 10:04 pm Title: Chapter 32
“I’m not sure the kids will miss her this time, they are older and she was tending to ignore them more and more.”
That is so sad, I hope the children can meet Len away from the house. Len needs to see them as sibblings and they need to met her as such before they met her as a teacher.
I hope Con and Steve are not expected to take on Len's role.
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Date: 28 Nov 2015 3:24 pm Title: Chapter 32
Glad that Jack feels better for his break - I admired him for being so frank about why they had such a large family, and for his determination that there would be no more additions! Nice to see Hilda and Nell, Nancy and Kathie and Len and Ted enjoying that "family time" together. If Hilda and Nell will agree to do the small amount of teaching which Kathie and Nancy are suggesting, at least until they go travelling, it will both help the school and ease their breaking away from it.
Thank you for commenting.The focus always seemed to be on the girls, thoiught the boys point of view should be heard.
Date: 28 Nov 2015 3:06 am Title: Chapter 31
Glad that they have decided to take a few days off.
As much as I feel for Jack, it took a long time for him to wake up to the reality of Joey's behaviour. After she hit Len, he still expected Len to go and see her; hassled her about when she was coming home and sent the letter Joey had written. He was well aware at the time of how much Len had already suffered at Joey's hands. It's just as well that Madge and Jem were so blunt with him about his own behaviour.
It's good that Joey decided to stay in the hospital, although sad that Jem had to threaten her with being sectioned if she did not. Irrespective of the help that is offered, Joey has to want to help herself if there is any hope of her getting better.
Yes, Jack nearly made the same mistake twice. Thank you for commenting.,
Date: 28 Nov 2015 2:08 am Title: Chapter 30
I feel for Madge, who has been a constant support for all those involved. It is a sad situation.
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Date: 27 Nov 2015 5:24 pm Title: Chapter 31
That is so sad for the family, but I'm glad that in the end, Jem was able to persuade Joey to remain in hospital voluntarily rather than him needing to section her. I hope that Jack, Madge and Jem are able to recharge their own batteries somewhat and then make the best decisions for the younger members of Jack and Joey's family who are still at home.
Meantime it's "all change" as Hilda and Nell leave the school. Good that Nancy and Kathie can take a short break before assuming their full responsibilities and that Len and Ted are looking forward to the future with a positive attitude. It's not surprising that Len feels some guilt over her mother's condition, but Ted's steady reassurance will go a long way to help her there.
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Date: 27 Nov 2015 3:55 pm Title: Chapter 31
Sad for the family but at least Joey is somewhere safe where she can be helped. And it's lovely to see Hilda and Nell in a home of their own.
Hilda and Nell are very happy, thank you for the comment.
Date: 27 Nov 2015 12:26 pm Title: Chapter 30
Poor Madge. Poor Jack. But I think they have struggled with it long enough. Joey needs proper professional help now (and has done for quite a while). Maybe she could go somewhere away from the Platz into quite different surroundings?
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Date: 26 Nov 2015 8:07 pm Title: Chapter 30
The Joey of the earlier years, even thise in Switzerland has gone, lost in the fog of mental illness, lets hope this time the professionals can offer her more help, which lasts.
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Date: 25 Nov 2015 11:35 pm Title: Chapter 30
Oh poor Madge! She has been a tower of strength to everyone. Len and Ted, Hilda, Nell, Kathie, Nancy and poor Jack, has run backwards and forward between England and Switzerland, made the preparations for the parties while trying to keep an eye on Joey and kept her own pain and worry to herself. No wonder she needs to weep!
Yes Madge needed a release for her own feelings, thank you for the comment.
Date: 25 Nov 2015 8:07 pm Title: Chapter 29
I've only had time to read each episode as it was posted, but not to post until now, so am catching up with several at once. I'm glad the party for the present school and their show, both went off smoothly, even though Joey did try to force her way into the latter, Len, Con and Ted firmly kept her out. I also liked the fact that there were so few speeches at the second party, in addition to the presentation of the various gifts - much nicer for Hilda and Nell to be able to spend time with their many guests. I'm another who is intrigued by the appearance of some who might not have wanted to be reminded of their schooldays -possibly the most unexpected being Diana Skelton, but what a tribute to Hilda and Nell that they would choose do so. Too bad MaryLou didn't seem to have learned anything, championing Joey unreservedly until Madge put her firmly in her place! Fortunately, too, many people had left before Joey finally let rip, and those who remained were all close friends, able to make allowances for both her mental state and the fact that the alcohol she had consumed was also "talking." I'm sorry Len and Ted had to bear the brunt of her anger yet again in the end, but glad that when Jack and Jem finally managed to frog-march her out of the room, they took her straight to the San, where she will be compulsorily detained, even if it's against her will. This time, I fear she may be there for much longer than any of us might imagine. Thanks, Terry.
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Date: 25 Nov 2015 12:10 pm Title: Chapter 29
Poor Joey, she had to get drunk and show herself up so causing distress to family and friends. I hope this time she can get the help she needs, She is so changed by her illness that she is no longer in control of who or what she is. It is the first time in this universe that I have been sorry for her.
Thanks for the update.
others feel sorry for her,its a sad situation. Thank you for commenting.
Date: 24 Nov 2015 6:05 pm Title: Chapter 28
It's lovely seeing the various old girls turning up, sometimes the ones you'd least expect. Such a tribute to Hilda and Nell, who deserve every bit of it. Meanwhile Phil and Ruth must be wondering what on earth Joey is on about - you've captured their soothing response and rapid escape very well! It's such a shame that Madge and Jack and Jem have to be on guard all the time (though I do rather feel that if Jack had got his act together some years earlier then all this might have been averted).
Need to credit Daydreamer here for the help in the old girls,wanted some out of the norm and she was a great help.
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Date: 23 Nov 2015 10:13 pm Title: Chapter 28
Glad to see Ros supporting Len and Ted. It's touching that so many girls have come to see Hilda and Nell.
Good to see Ruth and Phil firmly putting Joey in her place. The whole, 'I'm the first pupil etc' has worn very thin and is so not relevant tonight. Unfair that Madge and Jem, as well as Jack are on edge, having to watch Joey, instead of being able to relax and enjoy the party.
Joey is always quoting the first pupil and it has indeed worn thin.
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Date: 23 Nov 2015 8:31 pm Title: Chapter 28
Good to see more of those girls who were changed by their time at the school.
I liked Ros response to Joey and Ruth and Phil's response that Joey being the first pupil is irrelevant as Hilda and nell came later.
They are right, it is irrelevant now. Thank you for commenting. :0)
Date: 23 Nov 2015 12:26 pm Title: Chapter 27
“It never is these days, I don’t count with anyone” she hissed.
“You do, you are just focussing on the wrong things"
Poor Joey - if only she realised that she would indeed count to so many people provided she stopped trying to own them and control them. Very sad.
I'm so glad Betty came and Emmy too, as well as Ruth. It says a lot for the CS ethos that they felt they could come to such an occasion and be not only made welcome but reconciled to their pasts as well.
Joey is seeing things from the wrong perspective. Thank you for the comment.
Date: 23 Nov 2015 1:43 am Title: Chapter 26
Glad Nell found Hilda to reciprocate her love and commitment.
Con's question just shows the depth of her own unhappiness. Good that Nell put her straight.
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Date: 23 Nov 2015 12:24 am Title: Chapter 1
Was good to see Betty and Elizabeth there, and to find Mary Lou being true to type, the interfering busybody! now just let's hope any contretemps with Joey doesn't involve Hilda and Nell to spoil their special day.
Doubt Mary-lou will ever completely change. :0)