Maybe you could contact Batty might help you both to share some memories.macliam wrote:I can't help but see the pair of them as twenty-something rogues, never serious and a twinkle in the eye - if ever I needed to organize anything for the factory, one of them would know "a man who can...", cash down, no questions! The guy who brought hardcore for the car park I needed to build ... but only on days the local Gard wasn't working, the guy who came to put bars on the window of the store-house .... and spent days hammering at reinforced concrete because he had no power tools (the finished job was brilliant, but it took him 5 days to earn 50 Punt!!)
I had gone back just as the age of flares ended and straight-leg jeans were "in" ...... in the UK but not yet in Ireland. That and my denim or check shirts and waxed yellow boots caused a few comments - and it was Batty who I overheard saying "Sure he's not Irish at all ... there's a touch of the Yank about him!" ... but then, any city boy would have got the same. They helped me grow up in the real world.
That's the way they stay in my mind's eye, part of an important episode in my life, so it was hard to hear the news today. I don't know if I should try to contact Batty, it has been so long, but I'm sure he's shattered by the turn of events. I just hope he stays on the wagon to make best use of Mickey's sacrifice.
Aye, but there's the rub. Given the different way our lives turned out, Batty might not appreciate being reminded..... 40 years is a long time, sometimes it is best to let sleeping dogs lie.Derbiean wrote:Maybe you could contact Batty might help you both to share some memories.
Yeah possibly, if you somehow manage to find a way to contact him you could leave him a short message to say you heard about Mickey, how sorry you are and if he'd liked to catch up sometime you'll be there, that way if he does take you up on it I think it would be okay despite how differently your lives turned out.macliam wrote:Aye, but there's the rub. Given the different way our lives turned out, Batty might not appreciate being reminded..... 40 years is a long time, sometimes it is best to let sleeping dogs lie.Derbiean wrote:Maybe you could contact Batty might help you both to share some memories.
I'm thinking on it, but I don't have any contact details anyway. The friend who told me had just heard the story and wondered whether I'd known Mickey, as he had still lived where my factory was located - and it's a very rural part of the country. I'd guess Batty is still around there too, but short of asking my friend to chase back through the hospital, there's now way I'd find out from here.
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