Dear Margaret…

Tomorrow it will be 12 months since my mum passed away.

I needed to feel a sense of her today so I went digging for a pile of letters I had tucked away.

Letters that span 30 years from when I first left home to come and study journalism at Mitchell College in Bathurst.

It wasn’t the content of these letters that was important because most of them are just filled with the day to day stuff that make up a life.

What struck me was the power of pen on paper and how it feels so many years later to hold something in my hand that she’d held in hers.

There’s something very deliberate, very calming about the idea of sitting down at a table with pen and pad and taking the time to write a letter…

with such beautiful hand writing

and don’t even get me started on Dad’s…

You can say things in a letter that aren’t so easily spoken…

I love you too…and always will.

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    10 Comments

    1. Tracey Carpenter
      Posted 27 April 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      Such poignant reflections. Thinking of you thinking of your Mum and Dad.

    2. Posted 29 April 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Trace xx

    3. Sophia Terzieva
      Posted 10 May 2012 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      Dear Margaret,
      Your post brought flouds of tears from my heart – I was touched for your mum, for your dear memories from your past, I shed tears even for purely feeling sorry for myself and all the things I can’t share anymore with my late mum and dad…
      It is good that you let your dearest thoughts out. The good thing is – it helps to heal. The news you don’t want to hear is – it will feel raw and as if was yesterday even after 20 or more years they have been gone…
      … it was 23 years ago. I was 20 years old and I made a mistake to live for the first 6 months of my mum’s death in full denial – I would talk about her as she is in the other room… Until it hit me very bad with physically painful depression. I had to pay the price of denying myself the right to grieve.
      Love.
      Sophia

    4. Posted 10 May 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      Awww Sophia…didn’t mean to set you off. Mum’s are very special x

      • Sophia Terzieva
        Posted 10 May 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

        That is what a good writing (literature) is made of – you put it on paper and it takes on its own life and conveyes its own meanings and network of associations… :))) You can’t help it! Good writing; I truly enjoy it.
        Best,
        Sophia

    5. Posted 3 June 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

      Margaret,
      Thank you so much for directing me to this post. You know I have kept every letter, email and card my mother ever wrote me from the time I was a 12 year old girl going off to boarding school. And you are so right, there really is something about the handwritten word. Even now, if I stumble across something she wrote it makes me smile even when my heart aches with loss.
      Cheers,
      Libby

    6. Posted 16 November 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Oh Margaret thanks for this – I am going home this evening to read my Grandmother’s precious airletters from England spanning back to the early 1960’s. Thank goodness I still have them. This is lovely and the hand writing is so amazing – beautifully photographed. I am so happy to have found your blog and you on FB! Have a lovely weekend.

      • Marg
        Posted 16 November 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

        We’ve become so used to shooting off emails and texts I often think I should put pen to paper for my own kids. Lovely to have join the journey Francesca. Not too sure where we’ll finish up šŸ™‚

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