together at last

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Accession No: TWCMS : 2009.59
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Caroline's story is about a primary school love that was lost and then found.

By Caroline Hughes

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This story was inspired by an exhibition at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle.

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In september 1982, i started school, i don't really remember much about being so young, but i do know because people have told me that on that first day i came out of school holding hands and firm friends with a boy called steven hughes. After that day we became really good friends inside and outside school. We found that our families were very alike, in fact myself and steven had older brothers in the same class at school and we were both in the church choir. As we came to the end of our primary school education steven became my official boyfriend. We left primary school and started to prepare for secondary school. It was during these summer holidays that Steve's family made their decision to move to county durham. I was devastated and although i was only 11 years old, i cried for days after he'd gone and throughout the following years i often thought of him for some reason. I would wonder what he was doing and believe that he would not remember me, what i didn't know was that steve had moved back to Stock port at the age of 18 to go to Manchester University,. In 2000 at the age of 22, 11 years after we had last saw each other, he knocked at the house i lived in as a child, i no longer lived there but my parents did, my mum was delighted to see him again and felt sure i would feel the same way, she took his address to pass on to me. A few days later i visited his house, by now he was working as a chef and myself as a veterinary nurse, we became engaged shortly afterwards, after all we had already spent along time apart. We married on the 28th September 2001 and now have three children, Holly, Elizabeth and Charlotte. Unfortunately my mum died before we got married and although she never got to see me walk down the aisle, i have a feeling she died contented knowing we will be together at last.

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