Mother's Day Messages by Beecharmer
Summary: Messages from Chalet School characters to the mixed combinations of Mothers / Aunts and Mother figures through the years. In four parts, starting with Tyrol.
Categories: Ste Therese's House Characters: Amy Stevens, Bride Bettany, Daisy Venables, Gisela (Marani) Mensch, Jem Russell, Jo (Bettany) Maynard, Margia Stevens, Peggy Bettany, Primula Mary Venables, Rix Bettany, Robin Humphries, Sybil Russell
School Period: None
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Family
Challenges:
Series: What Makes a Mother
Chapters: 3 Completed: No Word count: 1559 Read: 16673 Published: 10 Mar 2013 Updated: 15 May 2014

1. Tyrol by Beecharmer

2. Middle Years by Beecharmer

3. Chapter 3 - Island and Early Swiss Years by Beecharmer

Tyrol by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
The characters may well not have sent messages in this way at this time, but am ignoring that for the sake of this drabble and using some more modern phrases on occasion. Apparently Austria first celebrated it in about 1926, and UK and US for about 20 years before, more US than UK. The "cards" are in approximate date order, but if it flows better slightly out of order then I won't be exact in that order / people's ages. Please also forgive any bad translations, I have tried to be reasonably accurate, but I'm no language expert.

Technically the last one isn't Tyrol, but its nearly so, and a good ending. The one to Gisela is written by Gottfried in case that isn't clear, and the first Robin one is when she is about 6 and to her actual mother, who would have died not long before. The "Bien Amie" comes out of one of the books where she says it, so it may not be correct to be written in a card but I wanted to include it. :-)
Dearest Madge,

Hope you have a wonderful Mothering Sunday,

Lots of love from

Joey

(and yes I will mentally wish it to Mother too! You say so every year after all!)


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Bonne fete maman
Tu me manques
Je t'embrass
Robin
Xxx

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Dear Mother,

We both hope you have a nice Mothering Sunday, Amy is going to write you a poem, only she says she is keeping it until she sees you as it is private. She says to say to you that we are having a lovely gentle Sunday. Though of course it's not Mothering Sunday yet, we are writing letters ready for next week, but we will be sure to be having a gentle Sunday, they usually are here. We do like them.

Would you believe they only started celebrating Mother's Day last year in Austria ? I thought people had always celebrated it. Evadne said it started about 20 years ago in America, only she always thinks everything started in America, so I don't know if that is true.

They have a great word for it here, though, or at least for the church service : Muttertagsgottesdienste. Amy says that it is hard to rhyme with, so she is writing her poem in English.

With love and hoping to see you soon,

Margia and Amy
Xxx

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To My Wonderful Mother on Mother's Day

With Love from David

Or he would write or say it, if he could talk or do more than scribble! I feel so very lucky to have you both, all my love too, Jem

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Dear Mama Joey,

Happy Mother's Day, can I have some biscuits, love from Rufus. (pawprint)


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Tante Margerite, bien amie, Happy Mother's Day, love from Robin


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Dear Aunt Margery,

I hope that you have a pleasant Mothering Sunday, and that the boys allow you to have an enjoyable day.

Regards,

Eustacia

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Liebe Mutti

Alles Liebe zum Muttertag

Deine Natalie

#scribble in pencil all over bottom of card#

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To our Mummy,

With all Our Love on Mother's Day

Love from

D A V I D and #Scribble# (Sybil, isn't she talented, our lovely girl!)


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Dearest Aunty,

I hope that you have a wonderful Mother's Day. From the sounds of your letters, the boys do usually treat you to a day of rest, which with 4 of them around is a good thing, I'm sure !

With love from,

Stacie

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Dear Mummy,

Have a great Mother's Day, our first in this new home.
Love you lots,
Daisy and Primula. (only I wrote it, mummy, though Primula signed her name)
Xxx

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Dearest Mademoiselle,

I thought that you might like this card with flowers on, as so many people at the hospital are giving Mother's Day cards, and Joey suggested that it might be a nice surprise for you to get the card now that you are well enough to enjoy getting cards like this.

Love From

Cornelia

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Dear Mummy,

We hope you have a lovely Mother's day, and we miss you,

Lots of love from
¥|X (he assures me this says Rix...)
Pe€€¥,
#BscribbleE# (Bride - not bad considering!) and
#scribble over most of card# (Jacky)


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Dear Madge,

Happy Mother's Day,

Love from Robin

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Dear Madge,

Happy Mother's Day, it seems very strange that this time next year I might have someone who will eventually say that to me. Thank You for being such a wonderful Mother/Sister to me, I hope I can do half as good a job with Babs when He/She arrives as you have !

Love From Joey

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Middle Years by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
The middle years seemed to have quite a few possible ideas, so I may have a few more in the next update or add a "Middle Years Part B" but thought this was plenty to read at one time. The telegram I think might not be historically accurate for the UK but I hope people get the idea ! The numbers are from this list of codes people used to save money on messages. Gay did I think have a mother still, though she and Mike lived with her brother and his wife, I just could see her sending Ruth a card, and seeing her a bit like a second mother.

Telegram codes http://www.flickr.com/photos/pigpilot/3444529737/
Army Telegram to Les Rosiers Guernsey.

Dear Mamma STOP Happy Mother's Day STOP Love L C & M STOP Papa misses us all lots STOP
61 66 157

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Dear Aunt Bill, I hope you like this card, the other's were making cards for Mothering Sunday, and I thought you might like one. Love from Biddy


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Dear Mademoiselle, I won't send this, but I got the card before... well before. I am thinking of you always, I will try to be worthy of everything you did for me. With love, Cornelia

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Dear Mummy

Happy Mother's Day, I hope you are enjoying your first one with Janice, and that Babs is feeling better. I am having a lovely time with Daisy and Gwensi, and looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks time.

Lots of love and kiss Janice for me,

Beth

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To Sheina

Deagh Latha nam Màthraichean dhut

The girls here celebrate Mothering Sunday, and we wanted to send you a card. We each did half of the flower paintings on the front, we wonder whether you will be able to tell who did which flowers! We miss you, and hope you are safe.

Love from Flora and Fiona xx

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Dear Aunt Phyll,

I have never sent a Mother's Day card, and a year ago I would have never expected to do so. However you've made such a difference to me in this past year, really felt like a mother to me, and when all the other girls in my unit were making cards the idea came to me to send one to you. I hope you won't take it as any slight towards my own mother - it isn't. I just wanted to wish you a Happy Mothering Sunday, and let you know that I am so very very grateful for the home I now have. With all my love, Betty. Xx

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Dear Aunt Madge

Happy Mother's (crossed out and replaced with Aunty's) Day

Sybil said I can't send you a mother's day card, so she said I have to change it to Aunty's Day, but I didn't want to redraw my picture, so I'm sorry the inside is a little bit messy. Love you lots, love from Bride xxx

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Dear Mummy,

Happy Mother's Day, to my lovely mummy.

With lots of love from your daughter,

Sybil.

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To Mummy,

Happy Mother's Day.

We hope that Maeve and Maurice make a mother's day fuss of you the way we would if you were here.


With love from Peggy and Bride (the boys say they are sending their own card)

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Dear Mother,

Happy Mothering Sunday. We are both in our form's rugger teams and should get good reports this term.

Rix & Jacky.

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To Mummy,

Happy Mother's Day,

Love from Maeve and Maurice (I did the writing Mummy, and Maeve did the pictures)

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Dear Aunty Madge,

Hope you have a wonderful Mothering Sunday, there really needs to be a "Mother-like-Aunt Sunday!

With Love from

Robin

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Happy Mothers Day Darling Ruthans, hope Mike didn't forget, but if he did, consider this from him will you !

Love Gay

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Happy Mothering Sunday Mater, hope the old biddies at the church don't keep you too busy.

Love

Tom

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To MAMMA

HaPP¥ MoTHER Day.

Love

Len C O N Ma&GO+


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To Mummy,

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY ! Our first all back together ! We are each looking forward to giving you our own cards, but we wanted to have one big one for you from all of us.

Love from Peggy, Rix, Bride, Jacky, Maeve and Maurice. Xxxxxx

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Chapter 3 - Island and Early Swiss Years by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
On being reminded of this by the Name the Drabble thread, I have just found some bonus unposted drabble ! I hadn't realised that I'd stopped before finishing this - on going back to the document I found all these extra messages that I obviously wrote a year or so ago but never posted. So have some late Mother's Day drabble !
Dear Mum,

I feel so very lucky to be able to send you this Mother's Day Card. Happy Mother's Day, and I hope to have so many more with you.

Love from Peggy

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Mother, with all our love, on Mothering Sunday, we are so glad to hear that you are doing better now. Love from Jackie and Maurice. We wish we had such good news about our reports as before, but we are both in our form's rugger teams... Xx

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Dear Mother

Happy Mothering Sunday,

Love from Rix.

P.S Thanks for the hamper, did make me smile to open the package, other men in my halls are all jealous of my mother and want to share you. I won't though!

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Dear Mum,

Happy Mother's Day, with love from Bride. So so glad to be sending you this. Make sure you stay nice and strong for plenty more Mother's Days to come.

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Dear Mummy,

Happy Mother's Day

Lots of Love from Maeve and Maurice . Maurice says he is sending a card with Jackie, but I am not sure so I'm sending this from both of us, you know what he can be like!

Xxx

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To Bill, Happy Mother's Day, I thought you might like this card with all the gargoyles ! Oxford is wonderful, although can be a bit strange being so far from you all, love from Biddy.

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Dear Mother,

I hope this reaches you, Cousin Maud seems to think it should. Happy Mother's Day. We are heading off for another cruise soon, so I won't attach a return address.

Love Carola xx

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Dear Bill,

Happy Mother's Day, hope you are doing well over at the new branch. It is very strange being here at the school teaching ! Especially as you aren't around for advice, but am getting on ok I think!

Love Biddy

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Dear Mamma,

Happy Mother's Day. Aunty Madge said she would send this over by air mail for me. I've been good, and I have a new friend at school already.

Love from Margot. Xx
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