This morning on Classic FM radio, the wonderful Colin Fox played the first 9 minutes of a CD of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, narrated by David Wenham. This CD is to played in full this afternoon, but the little bit I heard mentioned King Florestan and his Queen who were blessed with a beautiful baby girl that they named ‘Aurora’. When Princess Aurora was to be christened, the King ordered the presence of six fairies to bless their daughter with the qualities of grace, charm, beauty, elegance, courage, tolerance, sweetness, etc. And so it goes, with the princess becoming The Sleeping Beauty when she is just 16 years of age.
Pamela Joy was
born of Arnold and Mary Austin and gained, with even more intensity, the same
qualities as Aurora thanks to her family and the good people of Mt. Moriac (instead of fairies) when
Pammy was a little girl.
Those qualities never left her and two of them; in particular, elegance and tolerance impressed everyone who got to know her. My Pammy never whinged or complained. In spite of the terrible disease that afflicted her, she stayed happy and smiled through all of it. She said that it was easy to do because she was so loved. And so indeed, she was.
Here's a picture of my lovely Pammy with our two little girls, Sharon and Jeni, back in the early 80's certainly before Pam's diagnosis...