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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.
Rated: General
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
Series: What Makes a Mother
Chapters: 3 Completed: No
Word count: 1559 Read: 17529
Published: 10 Mar 2013 Updated: 15 May 2014

1. Tyrol by Beecharmer [Reviews - 5] (602 words)
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. :-)

2. Middle Years by Beecharmer [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (609 words)
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/

3. Chapter 3 - Island and Early Swiss Years by Beecharmer [Reviews - 2] (348 words)
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 !