Mum and Dad spent Tuesday with us. We visited Chenrezig - a Buddhist institute where Mum and I attempted to learn to calm our shrieking minds after the accident. We’d bought a gold tile in David’s memory during our course, so we visited the Garden of Enlightenment to see it in situ.
After we stocked up on Stroganoff supplies, the lure of Lifeline proved too much for Mausie, so we went on a thrifting mission. While Mum investigated scarves, hats and skirts, I browsed bric-a-brac.
Sitting on the shelf, I spied six pewter mugs.
Perhaps it was the day, but I couldn't bear that these measures of Judith’s love were no longer treasured. How had they come to be in Lifeline? I plonked them on the counter and declared that they were being rehomed.
Since then I’ve been wondering about the story behind them. Who are Robert and Judith? Were they lovers? Were they siblings? How old were they when Judith started this beautiful tradition? Did Robert like pewter, or did he silently wish he’d got socks every April? Did he finally tell her in 1980?
In honour of this love story, the nineth of April shall henceforth be known as Judith loves Robert day in Casa de Cooker. We’ll drink from icy-cold tankards (another Lifeline customer put her hand on my forearm and told me to put them in the freezer before we use them) and toast Robert and Judith’s happiness.
who do you think Robert and Judith are?
how did the tankards come to be in Beerwah Lifeline?
I'll go first: Robert and Judith were children from feuding families. Robert and Judith met. Robert and Judith fell in love. Deny thy father and refuse thy name.... yada yada yada. Judith and Robert married in secret, but then Robert stabbed someone. Judith took sleeping tablets. Robert took poison. Robert and Judith's families became friends and built a monument to their children.
I'll be washing the tankards carefully.