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Dear Descendants of Walt and Ruby.
I am writing this on new years eve and it comes at the end of what has mostly been a great year for Jenny and myself.
One of my personal high's was the writing on my ' Kens Cosy,' of the story of my parents long and arduous journey from Eye in Suffolk to Shamley Green in Surrey. One reason I wrote of this event was because the time will come when my siblings and I will not be here to recall such memories, as the loss of Wally, Glad and Dot so sadly prove. Another reason is because it's a wonderful love story of two people who refused to be apart despite huge obstacles. I urge all those descendants who gathered together for the recent Tuffs family reunion to read this article soon. It's No.41 on my 'Kens Cosy' memory blog, and it's called 'The Walt and Ruby Story.' It tells of the two people whose meeting resulted in our large familes very existence.
That includes me, my siblings and every niece and nephew of ours. That means every single one of you. The great, the great, great, and even the great, great, great, niece's and nephew's who make up our talented family. I wrote this for all of you because it's about your roots, for it was Walt and Ruby who forged your parents roots and many of their most admirable qualities. Their story ought to be spoken of and should be passed on to all their future descendants. So, my dear and many relatives, at the risk of preaching may I request that you go to your email address list and send the story to those you know attended the Tuffs summer gathering of 2012. I, regretfully, was unable to attend due to my health, but my wife, daughter and granddaughter returned with wonderful memories of that special day. Like me, they think the story of, 'Walt and Ruby Tuffs,' deserves to be remembered and you can help make it happen, so send that email!
Many years ago, my brother Gordon said good naturedly to someone who had praised my story telling ability that, "Ken never lets the facts get in the way of a good story." There is no one in this world who I love and respect more than Gordon and he was only speaking in jest, but with that one light hearted throw away line he was very wrong. Everything I write in the Cosy blog is, to the best of my knowledge, always true. Events that occurred before my birth are always well researched, using the internet, input from my sisters, and the knowledge gained from my countless oak table gathering's of the past five decades. So what I write may be written badly, sometimes arrogantly, and at times in the words of my beloved wife, a little pompously. But I promise, hand on heart, it will always be the truth.
Relatives, I wish you well!
Ken xxxX or FMH*
PS. Firm Manly Handshake*.