Did I ever call you Mummy?
Either as a kid or a teen,
It certainly wasn’t Mother,
If you see what I mean.
I referred to you as My Mum,
Or just Mum so everyone knew
As my love was so apparent
When I was talking ’bout you.
We’d hold hands sometimes when walking
If you were unsteady on your feet,
We’d laugh and joke about it
As we waltzed on down the street.
We’d share a cup of coffee,
Oft times a sticky bun,
With cream, you’d end up wearing it
But boy, we had such fun.
You’d stand silently by the window,
Enthralled by what you saw,
When asked you said ‘The doughnut machine,’
Which was spitting out the straw.
Bluebells and daffodils awed you
Along hedgerows, banks and streams,
I can almost hear your merriment
When you visit me in my dreams.
Did I ever call you Mummy?
I’m so sorry if I did not,
You’ll always be My Mum to me,
And never, ever, forgot.
I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes!
In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too.
On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts.
From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives.
We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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Lovely ode to Mum
You mum would certainly pleased to read your poem ! Very nice !
Such a lovely poem.
How sweet. Just lovely.
Oh I love this!! You’re making me really revisit those feelings! Donna 🧚🏻♀️❤️🙏 donnadoesdresses.com
I hope in a nice way Donna. I often write about my parents. My Dad would have been 90 this year.
It’s in a way that I know I need – I was diagnosed and was treated for breast cancer last year and the reconstruction is ongoing and it is tied to the childhood trauma and my parents who I dearly loved but … anyway it’s cathartic and my Dad would’ve been a hundred on 7/12/18 – crazy I know!! Take care! Donna 🧚🏻♀️❤️🙏
Good luck with your treatment. I was diagnosed in September 2016 but we caught it early and after a lumpectomy, I only needed radiotherapy.
Keep positive. Sending thoughts, hugs and support at this difficult time. You’re not alone. ❤ ❤
Yes they did a lumpectomy but I didn’t want radiotherapy and opted for mastectomy so currently getting reconstruction – we shall see but I’m optimistic! Donna 🧚🏻♀️❤️🙏
Do you have to have chemo? I had no problems with the radiotherapy, just felt a little tired, but other than that was OK. Have had two mammograms since which have come back normal and I have a check up with my consultant surgeon on March 6th.
No chemo – I had a bad feeling about the radio and just wanted the breast gone – it’s a bit ugly but it’s what I wanted …🧚🏻♀️❤️🙏
They sent a sample away for testing and I wouldn’t have benefitted from chemo, Humphrey was that insignificant!
I wasn’t going to have chemo – they took out 11 lymph nodes down my arm and it hasn’t spread so …. who’s Humphrey? This was a warning to get my shit together and work stuff out – and I have been doing that, it’s a spiritual thing Donna 🧚🏻♀️❤️🙏
We called my lump Humphrey as I’ve never liked the name and he was an unwelcome visitor in my body. They took four lymph nodes with him and they were all clear. I was extremely lucky.
I had previously qualified for 3 month free membership to Slimming World through my GP surgery and had lost almost three stone. If I hadn’t lost the weight, we wouldn’t have found it so early. I saw my GP the next day, had the consultant appointment within 2 weeks where I had a mammogram and core biopsy. The results were due two weeks after that but I was asked to arrive early so that they could do another biopsy and the surgeon did it herself. She told us exactly how it was, and I had my surgery two weeks later. Found 19th September, gone 31st October.
I think you’re very brave and I hope have plenty of support and positivity around you. I know I did. Our friends were marvellous.
Thank you for wishing me well! I’m not brave, there’s no choice with such things and we all just get on with it the best way we can. I had never had a mammogram but had the urge to have one as my parents came to me in my dreams as they do in times of trouble. I’m quite psychic and just had a feeling about the breasts. Had a mammogram and they contacted me a week later and said they wanted to do another one just in case. We were down here at Eden and came back a week later as didn’t think there’d really be anything in it. Went to this clinic in Wollongong and they did another mammogram and asked me to wait and then told me they wanted to do an ultrasound which I did and then they said they were doing a biopsy then and there and the doctor told me to be prepared and a week later I went back and yes it was breast cancer so a week after had the lumpectomy, a month later the mastectomy and in late October reconstruction began. It’s a process … and I’ve learned from it. I’ve never been one to share my troubles but I did tell a few people and found positivity and support – my partner doesn’t really get it but I’m not particularly needy so that’s ok!! I let it be known on Instagram and I was blown away by how much care and support was out there! Anyway I’m glad I have my life and I take joy from it in a way I really didn’t before and I’m kinder to myself for the first time in my life! Interesting how these things change is at the core! Donna 🧚🏻♀️❤️🙏
Good you were seen and sorted over a short time frame. It was my husband who found the lump, I’d missed it in the shower despite being vigilant as twin aunts and a cousin each had breast cancer as did my paternal great grandmother.
I didn’t tell my Mum until after the event. Long story, but the right decision.
Yes, it’s best gone through in your own way! No breast cancer anywhere in the family either side. I went into a beautiful crystals shop in Berry – I mention the name of these places because you never know you might get out here sometime – and as I was talking to the woman who runs the shop about the cancer and wanting it healed she told me that in psychic circles getting left breast cancer denotes unresolved sadness and conflict with one’s mother and a lack of self love… she was so spot on for me! She said plainly that I needed to work through these issues and ask the guardians, the angels, the universe for support. I did. And I’ve been working through it ever since. And now I’m kind to myself! I love to exercise, mainly walking in the bush here or down to the beach up in Wollongong, and a few weights, nothing flash but too often I would put off doing something I loved because someone needed something or whatever but not now and my overall health has benefited… but mostly I’m just serene and relaxed whereas I was always rushing and intense with extremely high blood pressure yet not overweight or cholesterol or whatever. You see so it has been a blessing! Donna 🧚🏻♀️❤️🙏
That’s wonderful Donna. I think we all have to be kind to ourselves.
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So beautiful, I can feel the love 💜💜
I’m glad. It seems longer than 2 years and yet only recent. They are both on my mind more than usual these days.
I can understand that 💜