The friendship between Elizabeth and Aisling started during the Second World War when they were only ten years old. Elizabeth was sent to Aisling's family in Ireland. Children were all sent out of London for fear of the bombs .
Eileen, Aisling's mother was a closed friend of Violet, Elizabeth's mother.
Elizabeth was not quite so fearful, and seemed to clutch at Aisling for safety. Aisling, in turn, was pleased and proud to have a new responsibility. It was better than a sister if not quite as good as a best friend. And she thought she was doing a good job. Day by day Elizabeth began to appear more confident. That anxious upturned look was getting less frequent.
She and Aisling used to read Wilkie Collins to each other at night and went to the cinema together. They had good time together.
Elizabeth became a part of Aisling's family and she loved them as their own family. They considered her like a daughter.
She was very educated and interested in things.
Each week she wrote a letter home; Eileen added a note and then gave the child the envelope to post. This allowed you to light a candle and stick it with all the other lighted candles; apparently, if you did this you got a wish.
And the wish to remain friends forever it is realized during their lives, during the hard and the happy times of their existence. Also when they became adult and they married, they have a dense correspondence and sometimes they meet. The two girls have created a tie that remains forever.
Indeed when Elizabeth was a grown-up woman of nineteen and lived in London, not a backwater like Kilgarret, she wrote Aisling:
Do you remember, when we became blood sisters by mixing our blood in the bottle, we swore to help each other if one was in trouble? I need your help now. Please, please come to England. "
'You are marvelous, absolutely marvelous,' she said. 'How have I managed to live without you for all this time?' They usually said to each other.
'I'll never cut you out of my life, I couldn't, you're part of it you silly old thing. What can I do for you, Elizabeth? I'll do anything, anything, you know that. ' ' answered Aisling.
'I know. I know. You always have, you've always rescued me. " replied Elizabeth.
'No, you rescued me,you did the rescuing years ago. If I hadn't a friend like you all my life what would I have had . . . Maureen, Niamh . . . Joannie Murray . . . some friends... they would have been, for all that happened. 'And we never fought in all those years we never had a real row.'I know, sometimes I think when you left Kilgarret first, when you came back here, I used to get annoyed because you were so distant. I didn't know. " replied Aisling.
'And I didn't know when you and Tony were married at first and you sent these brittle letters. I was annoyed. But I didn't know.' went on Elizabeth.
'What can I do for you Elizabeth, please ,' she asked again.
'Tell me what happens next." answered Elizabeth.
They walked on, arms linked.
'It didn't turn out all that well for us, what was wrong with us? 'Well, here we are, Elizabeth, widows, both of us. Only your Eileen left to show for it all, for all the hope and the dreams, you know.' ' Aisling said.
Elizabeth's voice had become stronger. 'Your Mam wouldn't like us talking like that, going over the past.'
'No, she wouldn't. Mam always knew what to say,she used to say what I thought was the wrong thing, but it turned out to be the right on. I don't know how she found the right words. It was a kind of skill. '
Elizabeth said, 'No, I don't think she even tried, I think the words were just there.'
'Yes,' said Aisling.
'And then it will all be over and we 'll have to start to.