Triplets: such a heart-warming story
PUBLISHED: 02:01 05 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:06 10 June 2010
Thank you for publishing the most heart-warming story about Peter and Amanda Chubb's triplets. Quite by chance recently, I met them in Phear Park and was able to offer my congratulations and then later, on my way home, we met again, when I was delighted
Thank you for publishing the most heart-warming story about Peter and Amanda Chubb's triplets. Quite by chance recently, I met them in Phear Park and was able to offer my congratulations and then later, on my way home, we met again, when I was delighted to hear they are to be christened at Withycombe Raleigh Parish Church.Their story, so well told by you, rang all sorts of chords with me.When I was 21, I had commenced my shipping career with Orient Line and, on Christmas Eve, returned home to my family in Woodbury. On Christmas Day, having demolished the turkey, and while my mother was serving up the Christmas pudding in the adjacent kitchen, my father said to me:"Now that you've settled down in London, it would be nice if you could return to Beaconsfield to see if you can find little James' grave in the parish churchyard.""Fine," said I, "but who is little James?" Blushing, my father called to my mother who had heard all. "Surely you told him, dear, didn't you?"And that is how, at 21, I heard I had a twin brother who, sadly, lived only 48 hours. Somehow, I don't know why, I have always had an affinity for parents with twins, let alone triplets!Many years later, my then wife and I were having difficulty conceiving a child. We lived then in West Wimbledon and had an introduction to the Hammersmith Hospital and the amazing (Lord) Robert Winston. I was declared fertile, but not so my wife. After many stressful months of trials and errors, the wonderful day arrived when a pregnancy was announced. My eldest daughter, Rebecca, was born and, after similar efforts, three years later Becky had a sister, Emma.Thus, like Peter and Amanda, all came right in the end, but not in quite such a substantial way. I wish them all good health and happiness.Anthony Robinson,222 Withycombe Village Road, Exmouth.