A Good Day

Aunt Margaret, Mum and Snibby

Aunt Margaret, Mum and Snibby

A good day. I wrote my tribute to Mother last night. I thought it would make me feel better to have it written, but I kept waking in the night worrying about it. Was it a proper tribute? Did it convey what she was like? What had I forgotten that should have been included?
The anxwer to that last question hit me at four in the morning; baking. Mother never rated herself as a cook (I’d disagree), but she was a great baker of cakes, biscuits and puddings. Her fruit cake was famous in several countries. It was something she would give me when I was going away from home, so travelled to France, was sampled in southern Italy and in the US. I am not a great fan of fruit cake, but Mother’s was the exception. Always baked in a tin with a hole in the centre so it was easy to slice. I don’t know when she baked her last one. I have been trying to remember when she stopped baking, but I have failed.

I met my friend Octavia, and we walked up to the Thames where I gave back various things I have found on the foreshore to the river. Octavia read through my tribute, pointed out the places where it needed clarification, and gave it her approval.
Did it, I wanted to know, give a picture of Mother? She reassured me that it did.
We had a drink, well actually two drinks, at the pub, and talked about lots of things, but mainly death and grief. She loved the Debi Gliori poem I am reading at the funeral. Tonight I ordered a copy of it from AbeBooks for her. We talked about the healing power of reading; the healing power of writing; poetry as a way of expressing and communicating. Animals.
Tomorrow I go to one of my work places. I am anxious about it, but with today’s conversations behind me, I hope I am in a good place and shall cope with however it goes.

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22 thoughts on “A Good Day

  1. Good luck at work, Isobel. It would have been good of your employers to offer you a little time out,in the circumstances… but work is a good distraction too.

  2. Don’t doubt your ability to “cope” Isobel…..you are doing that quite royally now…..take “baby steps” would be my advice. Love the photo – two pretty ladies. I’m sure your tribute to your Mother is perfect – as was her fruit cake! 😀

    Hugs, Pam

  3. I wish everything goes smoothly at work. I am sure you can cope and you will most probaly feel your colleagues sympathy. I am sure, as well your tribute to your Mother is really depicting her and is doing so very lovingly.
    I love the picture you’ve posted. I can see your glance through her eyes.

  4. I hope all has gone well at work this morning Isobel. That really is a wonderful picture. They are both very pretty and I love their smiles. I had an Aunt Margaret, she was a character! I KNOW your tribute will be perfect.

  5. Hope going back to work isn’t too difficult…But I so know the feeling. I’m sure your tribute will be wonderful, full of the love and admiration you have for your Mum!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    June

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