Monthly Archives: October 2011

Rachmaninov

RACHMANINOV The sound fills the room, swelling and dipping as the practised fingers move over the keys, sometimes barely skimming them, and then forcefully urging them into a turbulent fortissimo crescendo. The music swirls around the walls and ceiling, loudly, … Continue reading

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Eulogy for a Large Country Town

EULOGY FOR A LARGE COUNTRY TOWN My Aunty Thel had died in a nursing home in a large country town. It was the town to which she had migrated when she married; the town where she had raised her children; … Continue reading

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Lollies and Cookbooks

LOLLIES AND COOKBOOKS It’s December. Time to check the pantry shelves for the ingredients for my Christmas ritual, the making of the lollies. Once, when the family were all at home, or still coming home for Christmas, the lollies were … Continue reading

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A Grandma Incident

A GRANDMA INCIDENT ‘I hate Grandma.’ Walking into my daughter’s room I found her sitting on the bed, sobbing. ‘She’s saying awful things about you.’ Well, of course she would. I had just engaged in and won, a reluctant battle … Continue reading

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That’s How it Was

THAT’S HOW IT WAS ‘She’s got a gap between her teeth, just like yours.’ My granddaughter was examining the photo of a great-grandmother she never knew. ‘Well, she used to,’ I said, ‘before she had them all out.’ ‘Had them … Continue reading

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The Nightly Battle

THE NIGHTLY BATTLE I could no longer put it off. Bodies had been washed and cleaned, and caked-on excrement sponged off and disposed of. The final cups of tea had been slurped and sucked, and the evening shift was coming … Continue reading

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A Danish Connection

A DANISH CONNECTION It all began with an unexpected heart attack, this need to pry into family history records. ‘We don’t know any medical history from your father’s side of the family,’ my daughter hesitantly approached me. It was her … Continue reading

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