“Flo and I retain wonderful memories even beyond all these of that extraordinary year abroad. We were extremely lucky and fortunate to have lived it.” These are the words of G. D. Lillibridge in his first piece published by the Sewanee Review, the essay “Innocents and Others Abroad: Paris and London 1948-1949.” In addition to closing out a touching vignette of Don Lillibridge’s time abroad with his wife Flo and two children, Mike and Linda, the words serve as a fitting epitaph for a man who loved his family deeply and remembered them beautifully.
Lillibridge’s piece, which lends the title to our upcoming fall 2013 issue, “Innocents and Others Abroad: Biography and Memoir,” recounts his family’s life in France and England following World War II. When Lillibridge arrived in Paris with his wife Flo, their son, Mike, was a year and a half old and their daughter, Linda, was a scant fifteen months.
You can read more about Don in an essay chronicling his efforts to translate and donate Flo’s diaries. Flo’s diaries will be kept in the Schlesinger Library, a collection that also includes papers that belonged to the likes of Julia Child, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller.
In the end, the only proper way of remembering G. D. Lillibridge is to turn to the memories of the man himself, tender accounts of a life and love that Lillibridge says he was “extremely lucky and fortunate to have lived.”