Saturday, 2 November 2013

Sketches from my father, 1949

Last weekend my mother had an unexpected surprise: while cleaning up the attic she found an old travel journal of my father.
The journal contained a detailed description of a visit my father made to a family in Cambridge (UK), just after the war, back in 1949.
And to my surprise: it included 21 sketches of buildings, people and items like a television (which he had never seen before! See sketch above).

During the war some English soldiers were interned in my grandfathers house, and over the years both families kept contact.
My father was invited to visit them in 1949, when he was about to start his study as teacher in English and history. He was 19 years old at the time.
I knew he had made that trip, he had told me about it, but I can't remember that I ever saw that journal.  
Now I know from whom I inherited my drawing skills. Of course I always knew that my father was very creative: he could make anything he saw from wood. But I have never seen him draw or paint.
I would have loved to share this with him, but he deceased back in 1999; we still miss him every day.


Dailysketches said...

Rene,this is such a touching story about your father.
You must be so pleased to know this about him. It must seem so bittersweet to have shared this talent and learn about it after he is gone. I am sure you must treasure this journal.

Rene Fijten said...

Thanks Daily sketches, Yes I will treasure the sketchbook. A valuable possession.

rob carey said...

What a fantastic find! A treasure to keep forever.

Rene Fijten said...

Yes Rob Indeed.

Unknown said...

What a treasure, not only for the beautiful drawings your father created but also the history written by him in his journal. It is a heartfelt gift from him to you.

Rene Fijten said...

Yes indeed Claudette, that is exactly how I feel about this!