I had a wonderful mother who taught by example how to live well.Not long after Grandma discovered she was pregnant with my mother, her husband was killed in underground mining accident in a very remote part of far north Queensland.
|My maternal grandmother is in the middle at the back.|
These are all the children of that family.
The photograph was taken in Townsville where they lived.
Would you like to be dressed like this in Townsville's heat and humidity?
|My mother, Leah, is the baby sitting on the chair.|
After the war she married a widower with a teenage daughter. He had been through some horrific wartime experiences. Their first daughter died of a throat infection, something that does not happen today.
More daughters were born and my mother excelled as the guiding light of the family.How she did it on such a low income amazes me.
|Once Mum and I went on a trip to Singapore. This was the only time Mum went overseas.|
We had the opportunity to visit Changi where my Dad had been a prisoner of war for three years.
Throughout her adult life my mother had dreadful sun cancer and endured some horrible treatments. Have you ever seen radium treatments? Mum would get up early, catch a bus and a train to Brisbane, go to the Radium Clinic and have the treatment, and then catch another bus and train to get home. Next day we would see her, dripping with pus and horribly marked. UV sun-creams became available in the 1960s thank goodness. Treatments for sun cancer have improved greatly over the years. Mum always kept up with the latest developments in that area.
Dad worked away from home, once being away for three years with us seeing him. He worked in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia. They loved each other deeply, and strove to make the best possible life for each other and for the family.
Mum taught us to be resilient, proud, humble, kind, generous, loving, hardworking, and thoughtful. Of course I did not recognise her efforts and resented her at times. That is Life. But I have learned through having my own family that what she accomplished was truly amazing.
Thank you Mum.