Für Annas Mutter Kay ist das Matterhorn ein Symbol des Glücks, seit dem Tag, an dem ihre grosse Liebe Bill ihr auf dem Gornergrat einen Heiratsantrag machte. Deshalb besuchte Anna im Dezember 2016 Zermatt und schrieb uns daraufhin die berührende Geschichte ihrer Mutter und deren ersten Ehemann Bill:
My mum Kay was only a baby when Bill, a Swiss business man, met her family for the first time. Coming from India, she grew up in Singapore knowing Bill as a „close family friend“.
At the age of 16 she escaped as the Japanese started bombing Singapore in 1942.
She eventually settled in Melbourne and one day she decided to write to this „family friend“. When she was a child he had told her, that whenever she needed anything, she could contact him.
After communicating for a few months by mail, he sent her a first class ticket to meet Bill in Singapore. She was 25, he was 50, but it was love at first sight. From that day on they became one.
They travelled the world and several years later, whilst in Zermatt, he proposed to her at the Gornergrat Hotel. From then on the Matterhorn was her “good luck sign”. She would say whenever she looked at a picture of the Matterhorn, she knew everything would be ok!
After being married to Bill for 12 years, he wanted my Mum to be happy. He knew he was much older than her and she was still young. My Mum was very torn, but she remarried and 3 years later, I was born. Bill stayed in touch with our family and I knew him as my „Uncle Bill“. He also remarried and his wife knew of the special bond that he shared with my mum. She even asked Kay to „say goodbye“ to Bill when he died at the age of 94.
Even though they divorced and married other people, they always had a deep love for each other.
When I heard this love story, I felt like it was my time to go and visit „my mum’s mountain“. Last December I came to Zermatt and recreated the picture with my husband. The man who is my childhood sweetheart.
I truly believe that my mum Kay and Bill were the Romeo and Juliet of the 1950’s, without a doubt!