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There aren't enoungh words to speak about Billy who has been my best friend
since she was born in 1993.
I have been thro hell and highwater while she always trusted in me....
I simply would not have lived without her love and care...
Billy was born on 18th Sepember 1993 in St. Anne's Nursing Home. I was watching
her being delivered and knew her from the very first minute of her life.
I named her after Antonina in the epic novel Dr. Zhivago; her middle name Judith
came as a tribute to the physicist-astronaut Judith Resnik who died in the Challenger
expolsion in 1986.
After the divorce I fought tooth and nail to get her custody when the whole
world told me that it would not be possible... and then I finally won, against
Billy, the pet name comes from TJ in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
She started schooling in 1998 at Holy Family Convent, Dehiwela where she
excelled in English and won some 32 prizes, at school, zonal & district
Ten years later in 2008, I realized that this perfomance will not stand the test
of time as her school had no teachers; the teachers were on strike or not
marking examination papers; and only god knew who will recognise our local GCE
From June this year she started at
Alethea International School
where she studies Accounts, Business, Economics, Maths, English, English
Literature, Computers, Enviornmental Management & Sinhala Language for the Cambridge
GCSE Examinations 2010.
Billy sat her Grade 6
Trinity College, London
(Speech & Drama) Exams this month.
In Grade 5 she had an average of 83% overall and missed a Distinction by just 2%
View her Grade 5 & 7 Certificates
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She continued Speech and Drama with
Grade 7 exams which she passed in April
2009 with an idea of returning to
Trinity College Diploma
Exams after the GCSE work is
Billy is a very hard-working girl, average in class but with some enormous
talent inside - piano, guitar and vocals.
See Billy on the Guitar
Yesterday she tells me that the choir had no one to play the guitar - she had
just asked what key are you playing on? and then simply picks up a guitar and
plays on D# major!
A couple of years back I sent her to learn ballroom dancing. She was so good at
it that after her training she became an assistant to the teacher for some six
months until I decided that it was enough...
On her first dance outing she won the award for the "Best Couple";and that was
at the Anula Dance at the Mount Lavinia Hotel.
See snaps taken after the Dance
Now she attends a class in Kandyan dancing.
She has a
in Karate though properly should have had Yellow Belt (3rd)
by now had not the grading tests been delayed by the Dojo.
She is in a Hindi Language class and can read and write better than me - this is
now on the back burner due to school work load.
Apart from these achievements she has a natural flair for cooking that I hardly
ever have to go into the kitchen except when we do something new.
She is the most selfless person I have ever known in my life. She would give
away whatever she has to the poor and needy anytime and goes out of the way to
do it too. Loves all animals; makes sure even the stray dogs are fed! We have a
cat - Gilly...
Most of all it is her independance that is striking to anyone. She does all her
stuff herself - even my stuff like marketing, cash withdrawals, my washing and
upkeep of my clothes.
Well, what could I say anymore; she is truly a gift of god to this world!