For I, my devotion to Dear Winston is very simple.
IF NOT for Winston you would NOT be reading this in English.
For that I am eternally GRATEFUL to Dear Winston — one of my greatest inspirations.
I have made my pilgrimage to this tomb, on a wintery day, in 1998 or 1999.
I was the only one there. It was gray, cold and drizzly.
I stood there in awe, silence and solidarity.
My devotion to dear Winston has no caveats. I know that some claim that he was a racist. But, in that I do not think he was that different to that many of his class, from that time. He was Prime Minister when we still had an Empire and despite his understandable reluctance to lose India, I really can’t believe that he set out to undermine coloreds. I know one thing. He was NO Donald Trump! Yes, I have paid him the highest compliment that I can. I named a gorgeous, very regal Golden after him. My ‘Winston’ from 1998.
I was 11-years old when he died.
I can’t say I was that familiar with him at the time of his death. There was no TV in Ceylon.
I do remember, vividly, my parents taking me to see a film of his funeral. That would have been in 1965. It was in color and I think it was over 1 hour long. My adoptive mother cried. I distinctly remember the film ending with a heading splashed across the screen ‘A Journey’s End‘. My adoptive mother talked about that on the way home. They (i.e., my adoptive father & mother) had completed one (of their two) round-the-world diplomatic trips, at the behest of the Ceylon government, the year before. As was her wont, and the fashion of the time, she completed an elaborate scrapbook to document that trip. On the last page she wrote ‘A Journey’s End‘. My adoptive mother, who was an ultra-sensitive person, was ‘rattled’ that the film had used that same phrase! Yes, small things like that bothered her — albeit, not in a bad way. So, whenever I think of Dear Winston’s funeral — ‘A Journey’s End‘ comes to mind.
Just take a second to reflect. Pay homage.
Like I said, IF NOT for dear Winston I would have had to learn frigging German and I am BAD at learning new languages.
Thank YOU, Dear Winston, KG OM CH TD PCc DL FRS RA.