With Love from Gaby, Dave, Bonnie & Clyde

12 Jul

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Gaby came down with poliomyelitis on her fourth birthday. That was in 1961. When she was 32, in 1989, she left institutional care and moved into her own home in Merrylands West, a Western suburb of Sydney. David (Dave) became her full time carer. But as a quadriplegic with breathing difficulties who needed to sleep in an iron lung, she needed several people to come in on a daily basis to look after her diverse needs.

Anyhow, Gaby was happy to leave the home for disabled people and move into her own home. 40 year old David did for nearly twenty years a marvellous job in doing whatever he could for Gaby. But in the end his health deteriorated more and more. It became impossible for him to the the things for Gaby he would normally have to do as her carer. It was a rather sad situation. Gaby knew that David needed help but she did not know how to provide this for him.

Gaby and David both loved animals. Soon after moving in Gaby acquired a companion dog provided by the people who train dogs for blind people. Dave liked that dog too. They called her Bonnie. A cat named Clyde became Bonnie’s companion. Gaby just adored her animals. They were like her children. She always saw to it that they had everything they needed.

Gaby with Bonnie

Gaby with Bonnie

Gaby with Clyde

Gaby with Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde in front of the gas heater

Bonnie and Clyde in front of the gas heater

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Bonnie is being spoiled!

Bonnie is being spoiled!

I happen to have still a Christmas card from Gaby and Dave with a calendar for 1998 in it. The card came with a book: A Tolstoy biography by A.N. Wilson, first published in Great Britain in 1988. This is a great reference book and a great read. Gaby chose this book for me as a Christmas gift. She did choose very well. She always took great care to choose gifts for all the family for birthdays and for Christmas. Of course her funds were limited. So she always looked for bargains. Quite often her choices were astoundingly good.

This is the outside of the card.

This is the outside of the Christmas card.

And this is the inside of it.

And this is the inside of it.

Gaby moved her electric chair with her chin, she used her mouth stick for phone and computer.

Gaby moved her electric chair with her chin, she used her mouth stick for phone and computer.

Here she looks like having grown up a bit more.

Here she looks like having grown up a bit more.

Here she is in her bedroom getting ready for the day.

Here she is in her bedroom getting ready for the day.

After Gaby lost Clyde, she did get a new kitten.

After Gaby lost Clyde, she did get a new kitten.

Blackie, the kitten, grew into this.

Blackie, the kitten, grew into this.

Gaby is having fun seeing Father Christmas.

Gaby is having fun seeing Father Christmas.

Sadly Gaby lost Bonnie. She was lucky that after some time she was given a replacement dog which she called ‘Honey’.  Honey was quite skinny at first but soon filled out a bit.

Gaby can celebrate Christmas 2003 with companion dog Honey.

Gaby can celebrate Christmas 2003 with companion dog Honey.

9 Responses to “With Love from Gaby, Dave, Bonnie & Clyde”

  1. cardamone5 July 12, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

    These pictures, and your narrative, warm my heart.

    Fondly,
    Elizabeth

    • auntyuta July 13, 2014 at 7:52 am #

      Thank you very much for your response, dear Elizabeth.
      Sincerele,
      Aunty Uta

  2. berlioz1935 July 13, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    Gaby was a great character and was loved by all who had contact with her. She never forgot a name or face. On Monday it is two years that she past away suddenly.

    • auntyuta July 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

      Two years have passed. We do remember her.
      Thanks for the comment, Peter.

  3. catterel July 13, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    She lives on in your hearts – such happy memories. Blessings x

  4. aussieian2011 July 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    A beautiful sad story to read Uta, a story of a Princess and her Prince Charming.
    David is to be commended for his love and loyalty, that is a beautiful picture of Gaby
    at her computer desk.
    Regards
    Ian

    • auntyuta July 17, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

      You are too right there, Ian, love and loyalty do play a great part in this beautiful and sad story.
      Gaby at her computer desk, this is indeed a lovely picture. 🙂
      Thank you, Ian, for your heartfelt comments.
      Very much appreciated!
      Many thanks,
      Uta

  5. auntyuta May 12, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    Reblogged this on auntyuta and commented:

    This is a reblog in memory of Gaby.

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