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Aunt Mimi
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A letter Aunt Mimi wrote about John's death will be sold at an auction next month.

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The tour of Mendips really helped me understand just how hard Aunt Mimi worked for young John. She wanted the best for him. She never thought he would make it in the music world and didn't want him to throw away all the intelligence he had and promise he showed. She didn't want him to become a slacker. It seems to me that she was only doing what she thought was best for him like any loving caregiver would.

If she had been able to control him better/hold more sway over him and not let him become our John Lennon, the world's John Lennon, I wonder if he would have been a happier person.

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I think supporting his art and creativity would have made him a bit happier, like kinda Julia did.

But anyway i think she did it all right, and they both knew it.

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Something about Mimi's laugh reminds me of John's. 

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Are you suggesting that she pushed the John Lennon into marrying her, which is what that Mimi article suggests? Well, if she did, she's more strong-willed than I give her credit for.

 

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I always think you have to look at Mimi from two slightly different, though connected, angles. There is the proud "parent" who doesn't want the child to know just how proud they are, and so often have an air of disapproval and disappointment about them. She was also the very possessive "parent" who always wanted her voice to be the most important in John's life. She didn't consider Julia was good enough for John, and so sidelined her until she couldn't stop John, and she didn't think Cynthia was good enough for John, and it was easier to blame Cyn for everything rather than accept that it was what John wanted at that time (not necessarily the marriage, but certainly the relationship). She is a great example of the "parent" who doesn't want to let go. I can imagine Mimi Smith as a "mother-in-law" must have been hell.

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P3pperish said

Are you suggesting that she pushed the John Lennon into marrying her, which is what that Mimi article suggests? Well, if she did, she's more strong-willed than I give her credit for.

I don't know. I have to admit I haven't read her books about John, so I can't really judge. All I know is that there is something I have always found slightly offputting about her. I can't explain why. Maybe it's just that I prefer Yoko.

And Ron Nasty, I can see the points you are making.

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