My Mum is 87 and a very active and lively lady.She lost my Dad a few years ago and found it very hard to live without him.They had been married for just over 60 years.She is quite a nervous and anxious lady even though she always appears the life and soul of the party, so losing her rock was not easy.
As a little girl she was often lonely,an only child who lived in her imagination and it is to her I owe my interest in books,poetry and fantasy.She also taught me to sew and her artistic way of homemaking was inpirational Of course I was a headstrong little hippy and often we clashed as daughters and Mums do!Now we are older a greater understanding is possible.
This is Mum, Margaret Leonora Moreland,she was such a dear lttle thing!
A Chidhood Memory of the Early Thirtys
By Margaret Day
I remember a classroom,green painted
A wooden desk with a lift up lid
On the right at the back
A hole with a china inkwell.
Thirtyfive or more children sat in chairs
Hands clasped tight together
Showing white on the knuckles
Praying for something unknown.
A shaft of November's yellow sunshine
Slanted across the blackboard
Dust motes sailed in the gold
As the distant gun sounded.
Everything stopped for the silence
Buses trains ,all traffic
"Bow your heads now" the teacher said
"And think of those who fought and died"
Eyes squeezed tightly shut in reverence
I tried to picture mud filled trenches
Whistles blown and over the top
But then I was an earnest little girl.
She also wrote this next one which I find enchanting ,hope you do too.
The apple wood is burning
and memories rise
with spiralling smoke
into a violet sky.
Golden grass in the sun
Bare brown legs
Apples like fallen treasure
And children's laughter.
The round whicker basket
The leaning ladder
The strut holder and the climber
Both sadly gone.
Still the sweet scent rises
From the embers
Whisps of curling dreams
Drift into evening.
Mum loves flowers,her garden, flower arranging and has spent her life making things beautiful .She is a Grandma and Great Grandma and continues to flirt with any lovely young man she comes across !
Well I am of for a week to stay with Mum and so this will be my last post for a while, Ihope you enjoyed this one I feel all emotional now!