Wiping tears ends one painful moment

Wiping tears gives us clear vision Wiping her eyes, then nose, seemed to be the signal for the man to quietly walk to a few metres from Sophie’s side. He smiled gently as she apologised, then pointed to the names on the sign made of tin. ‘This may have been done by Emmanuelle’s husband,’ Sophie … Read more

Distracting herself from anxiety

Distracting herself from her apprehension about the visit to Alida’s grave, Sophie absorbed the scenery outside the window during the train trip to Maastricht. This was where she felt most at home outside of her Australian birth region. Now Bea no longer lived seven kilometres from the city centre, Sophie headed to her favourite souvenir … Read more

Uncanny coincidences can provide bonding

Uncanny coincidences make family history exploration fascinating Uncanny that Flavia has lived in the group home for deaf people for the few years since I’ve been putting together the pieces of Alida’s life, Sophie thought, as she cycled back to Anna’s place loaded up with fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and dried fruit from the farmers’ … Read more

Returning home to safety or is it unsafe?

Returning home can be comfortably familiar Returning home to Anna’s, Sophie packed away the dishes and leftover ingredients, while Anna took her Alsatian out for a walk. When she returned she said, ‘The only problem is that my mother has got locked out of her apartment for the last two Sundays.’ Anna chuckled. ‘She phones … Read more

Without her own mother, Alida, life was practical

Without her own mother, as she was growing up, mum was like a slave to her father and his mistress, so she didn’t really think about emotional needs. Sophie wiped her nose as she reflected on her relationship with her recently deceased mum. She recalled how she’d paused for three months from her weekly phone … Read more

Mother’s Day celebrations are important

Mother’s Day is time to honour the significant women in our lives Mother’s Day with no mother for the first time. Sophie’s first thought was like a lump of lead in the pit of her stomach. Gives me a glimpse of what it must have been like for Mum at three-years-of-age when she lost her … Read more

Headstones provide connection to family

Headstones allow later generations to find ancestors Headstones without any details. Sophie wondered how an organisation that owned so much beautiful parkland could have neglected to put at least the names, birth and death dates on its residents’ headstones. Her heart dragged behind as they searched through the many rows of nameless graves. Doggedly, they … Read more

Tranquil environments heal mind and body

Tranquil places can be found in your local area Tranquil silence created by the density of large trees was broken by a gaggle of geese. ‘Look at the animals up there.’ Marianne hurried up to pat a donkey, a tiny Shetland pony and goats. On the other side of the road, Anna looked at a … Read more

Serendipity clears up a lot of confusion

Serendipity can explain many perplexing life phenomena Serendipity Sophie thought as she hurried up the tight spiral staircase and knocked on the bedroom door where her sister was staying. Thoughts raced through her mind during what seemed like an eternity before Marianne opened the door. ‘Would you like to come with Anna, Flavia and I … Read more

Strange thing happened. Can it be proven?

Strange things are often dismissed as a coincidence Strange thing to happen, Sophie thought as she tried to open the front door with her key, but it wouldn’t budge. She tried the garage door, but equally had no success. Bea must’ve locked it after helping untangle the bike’s baggage strap from the back wheel when … Read more