on aunts

For my aunt who is my rock, my guide and my friend – and knows what this picture means…

Happy Birthday xxx

Aunts – Virginia Graham

Children, when you have gone your several ways,

And have sought the long day’s

Happiness, and the night’s elusive dream,

Incredible as it may seem

You will turn, at some moment, like thirsting plants

To your aunts.

Now, aunts are not glamorous creatures,

As very often their features

Tend to be elderly caricatures of your own.

Aunts use eau-de-cologne

And live in rather out-of-the-way places,

And wear pointed white shoes with laces

Tied in a neat bow.

Ooh I know, I know! Continue reading

on mothers

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

– Washington Irving

Happy Birthday Mum xxx