Friday, March 12, 2010

Writers Workshop - Beyond the grave...

Mama's Losin' It

12th March 2010

It's Writers Workshop time with Mama Kat. This is my submission for this week, I know I'm a day or two late, I haven't been well...

1.) Write a letter to yourself from someone who has passed on. (ie: parent, grandparent, famous person, friend, pet, etc)

I seem to be surrounded by memories of my Mum these past few days. First last weeks Writers Workshop piece about being blindsided, then her ring having to be cut off my swollen finger, her Birthday on the 9th, and now her 6th Anniversary is coming up on the 8th April.

I decided to take on this weeks letter post to try to round out what I've been feeling, and maybe inject some perspective, and maybe a bit of humour into the whole situation.

My Darling Daughter,

Stop blubbering. I'm gone, and it's time to get on with it. And what's with keeping my ashes in the box they came in? It's getting crowded in here. An upgrade would be nice; bit more room, a couch. Maybe a lava-lamp...

Call your brothers.

Thank you for the collage you and Tomika made for my birthday. It's beautiful.

Are you STILL single? Just because I'm dead, doesn't mean I don't want more grand-babies. Hop to it kiddo, I haven't got all eternity. Oh wait... I have. But you don't. You're not getting any younger you know.

The Munchkin got BIG. Tell her Mima said "Hi". I've still got that double-barrelled shot gun if you need it. (For the boys, not her!)

My funeral was beautiful.

You're as clumsy as ever. Yeah I saw, I see EVERYTHING now... Mwahaha!!! (By the way, it's just a ring. Get over it. I'm quite attached to your fingers where they are thanks.)

Who do I have to pray to around here to get a cuppa?

Wow, you've gotten cuddly. What the hell did you eat?!

You've done a good job with the Munchkin, she's a great kid.

Get a hair cut.

That photo you have on your computer table... The one of me in 1981 with the bad perm? Get rid of it. You know you only have it there to annoy me.

I'm not in pain anymore.

Get over the Twilight obsession. Seriously, you're 35. It's creepy.

My chicken soup only has ONE packet of pasta, not three you drongo!

I appreciate everything you did for me those last few months. I sure as hell wouldn't enjoy helping you shower either!

I'm sorry for leaving.

I Love You.
Mum xox


  1. That is so touching. *sniff* Well done.

  2. I give you props for tackling this prompt. I passed on this one myself and did the passion and spring ones instead. You did a great job with this though!

    Visiting from Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop. (My spring on will post later this afternoon).

  3. You made me cry again! Beautiful, funny, touching letter! Brilliant!
    I was thinking of doing this one too but wasnt brave enough...Think I may give it a go if Im not too late to join in over at Mama Kats (Think I am though) x

  4. Humour goes a long way...that was a great reference to twilight....

  5. You did a great job on this prompt. Where is might have been super sad and dark you managed to make it funny and endearing! I really liked it!!! I am a new follower from MBC!

  6. I like the perspective, very witty LOL
    Now following -FF

  7. Very sweet letter.

    New follower this Friday:)

  8. Brea, that is really nice, wonderful, great, beautiful, endearing.

    I could not make up my mind, it is just so.....

    Thank you very much.

  9. That is absolutely brilliant. So good that I think I have to follow you now.

    Your mom sounds amazing. And so are you.

  10. What a touching letter! I could really "hear" your mom in those words.

  11. That was fantastic. Funny and sweet.

  12. Found you through FF and I am so happy that I did. You have a wonderful writer's "voice" and it was a pleasure to read what must have been painful to write!
    Can't wait to read more of your work.

  13. I'm following you from Friday Follow!

  14. Was that hard to write?

    I'm older than you and love Twilight too. :)

    Following from Friday follow!

  15. Hi, I'm here from Friday Follow. I'm following you. Pop over and see if you'd like to follow me too...

  16. Hey, I love this post, your mom sounds like a real Hoot and a lot of fun. You must miss her a lot! I like the cuddly part lol. And you must keep the photo on your desk, no matter what she says.
    happy Friday follow, I'm a new follower. Love meeting new blogging friends. Have a great weekend.

  17. Hi there! Just popping in to follow your blog on Friday Follow. Hope you can visit mine!

    Bridgette Groschen
    The Groschen Goblins

  18. That was a beautiful letter - sounds like an interesting workshop. I am following from Friday Follow, but after reading this post and seeing your Corey Haim tribute I would have followed you anyway.

  19. Happy Friday Follow!

    Following from...

    Hope you'll stop by!

  20. Thanks for the visit, Brea! Okay, I THINK I have my site figured out (only been doing this for six weeks). As long as I stay signed in, in the way upper left hand corner of my blog is a tiny "follow" sign. Give it a shot. Thanks for wanting to follow, cool one.

  21. This letter is so honest and touching. I like how you aren't overly sentimental. You manage to capture the real elements of a mother-daughter relationship so well. I would imagine that this letter was difficult to write.


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