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Veltem-Beisem, 1969

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Liz : Op den Bovenberg in Veltem.

Edouard was my godfather. I was supposed to be an Edouard too, however, since was not, I was given his wife`s name, Jeanne, as my 2nd name

Catherine : I have this pic and was wondering who these people were.

And furthermore, who's house is this?

Liz : The house was my uncle Edward's, he, his wife Jeanne - whom I hated - their son Pierre are long dead of course. Their only daughter, Maria, was still alive in 2007 when she was invited to my cousin Mariette`s house. She was long married when thie above picture was taken, that`s why she`s not in it.

If you want to see Maria, go to my 'family' album. Do you have a pic taken at Gabrielle's house that time when we were all in Belgium and we went to Veltem? You are sitting in Julien's lap. If you do, send me it please. I was wearing a yellow home-made Dior dress, which grandma Menten said I wouldn't trip over.

Gary : Herein lies the reason why we shoot photos. Like you Catherine, I absolutely do not remember the visit, wearing a suit or indeed very much from that trip. But here is the photo to prove that we were there, and we did meet these people, even if only fleetingly.

Liz : On that trip to Belgium, Gary, you, your father and I went to Paris in our rented car. Catherine stayed with grandma Menten. On the way back to Brussels, we were to stop at Guy's Lombart's mother's place in France, but the weather in the French Ardennes was just too shitty. We ate a very late supper at a restaurant in Brussels before finally getting back to grandma Menten.

Gary : I remember going to Paris, and being unable to sleep the first night because of the non-stop traffic sounds. I remember going to the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur as well. Not much else.

Liz : It was rather noisy. Of course, your father managed to be sick, in Paris and back in Brussels. He had the flu or something, Gran Menten was shocked that I did not want to tend to him, well, I had two kids to think of who I didn't want to be sick for our return flight to Canada. Do you remember all 4 of us going to the zoo in Antwerp?

Gary : I don't remember the zoo, but again, there are photos to prove we were there. I remember the drive there, a lot of billboards in English, and you wanting to buy lace. I remember some dolls of lacemakers also.

Liz : The only thing that sticks in my mind about the trip to Antwerp was that your father told you kids to speak English. He -and I- hated the vociferous Antwerp flamingants, who refused to speak French and who made everyone's life miserable. Bozos couldn't grumble about English-speaking people tho, and kids are kids, waiters & such were kind to you ENGLISH-SPEAKING kids.

Gary : I vaguely remember that too.

Liz : Enough reminescenses for tonight. I'm going to hit the sack.

From left to right : Edouard Mergaerts, Catherine Menten, Elisabeth Menten, Pierre Mergaerts en Jeanne Van Beneden Mergaerts and Gary Menten.


Veltem, 1956

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Liz : Veltem, September 9, 1956. Wearing home-made blouse. Last photo before I left Belgium. — met JP Mommaerts, Mother, Guy Mommaerts en Dad.

Guy : Gee was I ever good looking then, but that was 53 years ago !

Liz : I already sent you that pix, saying you were ke okusss beau! I'll sent you another, not in the album.

Allison Cordner : My mom used to sew everything too! Wish she could have taught me more about it before dying! I now have 2 sewing machines and no idea how to do anything except hem pants!

Liz :  I don't even hem pants anymore! Nobody taught me how to sew, I guess I taught myself. I was about 15 or 16 when I started. Didn't do much in my first years in Canada but went at it with a vengeance when I became pregnant. You should have seen what the maternity clothes in the stores were in those days. I made dresses and suits, different for my 2 pregnancies since they were in different seasons.

Lindsay McCormick : Great shoes

Liz : They were my wedding shoes - I'm not sure I owned another pair !

From left to right : Elisabeth Mommaerts, Maria Mergaerts, Guillaume Mommaerts. Paul and Guy Mommaerts.