Becky's Birthday 1st December 2008
I posted a number of pictures of Leigh on Sea that were snapped by Mrs Monk 3000 miles away from Becky, but nevertheless snapped on Becky’s 61st Birthday.
Becky was Mrs Monk’s older sister and is special in more ways than one. She was the only lady I know that had a string of race horses named after her, and she was apparently unimpressed by that honour bestowed upon her. She certainly never mentioned the horses to me, but I did travel to a number of race meetings with her late father, Lyndon Beaver Myers, who introduced me to Becky’s Rainbow, Becky’s Birthday and my particular favourite, Becky’s Cloud, who I once met in a field and who seemed to enjoy a good nuzzle.
Becky came to London with her late Mother, Mary Myers, and we showed them around and they showed us a good time. Becky and Mary Myers both got themselves surprisingly stylish London haircuts, and Mrs Monk spontaneously arranged a party in our small one-bed flat, in order to show off the haircuts and celebrate Becky’s Birthday, December 1st 1984. A most unlikely array of guests were invited, and there was standing room only. They were served ear piecing music and wine. Becky lapped it up, and each guest in turn chatted with the guests of honour. Mary Myers politely nodded and smiled throughout. Later she thanked us for a great time, but on closer examination, she admitted to not understanding a word of anything anyone had said to her, throughout the entire evening.
When Becky was born with Down’s Syndrome in Mount Airy, Maryland, USA, her parents did not accept the status quo, and they turned down all advice given that Becky should be institutionalised. Since there was no school that took particular account of Becky's unique talents, her parents, fought for, and then began the first school in her home town, for very special people like Becky.
Mary Myers became the head teacher.
This was a grand achievement by all accounts, and a lasting legacy for Becky Myers, and her proud parents.