Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Happy Birthday John

Close friends Janet Frame and John Money meet again for one last time, during his visit to New Zealand in December 2003. They were both old, and very ill, but their loving reunion was a special thing to witness.

(Photo was taken by Eva Ng - technical problems with this reproduction are the fault of blog author and not the photographer!)

Today would have been John's 88th birthday.

John - in spite of his other life as a controversial academic figure - was a beloved family friend. Below is a snapshot from a visit he made to my house in Stratford, Taranaki, in the late 1970s. My daughter had just been diagnosed with autism, and I was interested to discuss the latest theories about autism. At the time there was widespread ignorance of the disorder in New Zealand and in order to gain useful information I had to obtain books and information from the UK and USA.

1 comment:

Top Bird @ Wee Birdy said...

I really love seeing this photo of them together for one last time. Thank you for sharing with us!