A Thank You Note or: Happy Mother’s Day

It’s raining here but not there where you are – at home. I checked. I always check. It will be sunny with an expected maximum of 25 degrees and clear blue skies. OK. I don’t know about the clear blue skies. I’m assuming that. It’s probably a fair assumption, right?

It’s raining here and it’s sunny there. The rain made me remember a day, many, many years ago. I’m not sure you remember it. I’m not sure it’s even true. But it’s a memory, a moment, that often comes to me on rainy, miserable days like today. We were in primary school, us four girls, and getting ready for it when you said, “let’s not go to school today”. Just like that. Unexpected. Unprecedented. Magical. The rain was heavy, at least in my memory, and the lights were on even though it was morning. You thought it would be a perfect day to sit in front of the heater and drink hot Milo. And so we did. On that rainy, miserable day, much like the day I’m having here, now, without you.

My memory has added a soft filter to the image of us sitting by the heater with our mugs of Milo. In my memory, we echo the illustrated cover of our battered copy of Little Women. That’s all I remember about that day. I push my memory to squeeze out a little more and all I can conjure up is that old heater. Maybe. Or maybe I am just able to remember the heater because we had it for such a long time. A dark brown, heavy thing; you had to hold down one button and click the other to get it going and it took longer and longer to start as it got older and older. Like we all do, I suppose.

I am sure there is more to that day than Milo and a heater and no school.

I can’t remember the details.

But I can remember the feeling. The feeling of possibility and safety and warmth and love. And that is worth so much. What a gift! How lucky am I, to have a mother who gave us that? And you have continued, always, to give us those gifts; possibility, safety, warmth and love.

I hope you know how much that means to me. I hope you know how much that day meant: No school, hot Milo and a heater.

Thank you, Mum.

 

Mum, Me and the very early 80s.

Mum, Me and the very early 80s.

 

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9 thoughts on “A Thank You Note or: Happy Mother’s Day

  1. Lovely Katy, made me smile. I love those kind of memories too!
    And I know exactly what kind of heater you’re talking about coz we had one too! 😄
    Hope you’re doing well xx

    • Oh, thanks Hayley! I hope you are enjoying your first Mother’s Day and that Beau is spoiling you (or, at the very least, allowing you to have a good night’s sleep). Must catch up and meet all these new babies next time I’m home. Lots of love xxx

  2. Lovely piece, Katy. When you write in the spare, elliptical style, you always bring a lump to my throat, especially on such a subject. Superb writing.

    Regards

    Douglas

    Douglas Sutherland-Bruce Senior Writer

    douglassb@iinet.net.au 0418 934 850 http://www.weekendnotes.com/profile/105991

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