Reflecting

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Party Spirit

Glimpsed from a car, a group of revellers
party there on the green.
An abundance of teenagers turn to
look as I approach from
the camouflage of the hedged tennis courts.
And I do come armed
with an apology… and sweets… and drinks
for the party-goers.
I am greeted with a hug and I leave
with a tear-draped eye and
an awareness of how fragile life is.
Birthday celebration.
For one who is no longer around to
celebrate it herself.

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Distance

Well I think that I have planned my trip to the big city to visit my eldest. A train then a ferry then a train then another train then a bus and I shall be there! It’s been over two years since she moved and I have mentioned quite a few times that I wanted to go and visit her but every suggestion was rebuffed, saying that she was too busy or away or it was not convenient.
Now, finally, I am going.
It might have something to do with the fact that it is her 21st and she is hoping for a present but there you go.
I have searched the internet for times and prices and connections and googled Streetview to find out where the bus stops are and how to get to my cousin’s house after…
Anyone would think that I have led a sheltered country girl life and am not used to travelling to the Big Smoke.
They would be right but I miss my beautiful daughter…

Learning about Life

The day is one of those, surprisingly
Bold, attempts at a last-ditch summer burst –
Before winter digs its claws in for good.
We go out for a pub lunch along by
The river, it’s a perfect central point.
It’s my Dad’s birthday.

We are joined by his grand-daughter, freshly
Arrived from her biology lesson
And keen to share her new-found knowledge with
The table (and anyone else listening).
After biology…philosophy…
I feel the proud mum.

She invites my Dad (78 today)
To read her essay about abortion
And contraception. Just as well that he
Didn’t get to know about these things before
As he might have been celebrating his
Birthday on his own.

Not sure if I am worried or relieved
That she has thought about things like this…
She is having a ‘few’ friends round for a
Party tomorrow…

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