Happy Birthday Mum

The photo above is of my Mum celebrating her 70th birthday, in 1994. She died in 2012, but if she was alive today, she would be 96.

I’m not sure I would have wanted her to have still been around to possibly contract Covid-19, or to be living in fear of the virus like so many others are. Though her own protracted death was no less pleasant.

She had a hard life, living during WW2 as a teenager in the London Blitz. Then she was later abandoned by my father, in 1975. She always worked, right up until her late seventies, and she loved all her pets as if they were children.

My Mum was not only a great mother to me, but also my friend, my confidante, and a support I could always rely on.

Never a day goes by when I don’t think of her.
Never a day goes by when I don’t miss her.
Never a day goes by when I don’t thank her for all she did for me.

Violet Annie Johnson. 1924-2012.

81 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Mum

  1. Happy belated birthday to your mom, she looks so pretty. I am sorry about her death but she shouldn’t have been alive to see this. It would definitely hurt her. I hope you are okay and doing poetry like me…🤭🤭😂😂

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      1. Welcome, Petey. I will restart it soon. I am just so jumbled up in the upcoming death anniversary of my grandfather and my bestie’s trauma that I have no time to read. I hope Ollie feels better soon. My prayers are with him. 🤗💖✌😊

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    1. Thanks very much, Michele. For what it’s worth, she will never be forgotten as long as any member of my family is alive. Even the youngest member, my cousin’s daughter’s baby, is named Violet, after her. That makes me feel good.
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  2. Sorry for the late visit, Pete! She looks like wonderful person, and she was a smoker (like me ;-). From the face she is looking like you. What a wonderful remembrance you did. I am sure she is resting in peace, and looking down to you and Ollie, far away from the trouble of LDN. Michael

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  3. You’ve written about your mom before, probably because she was the one parent you could count on. I have wondered when you’re writing your serials if any of your characters were based on your mom.

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    1. I write about my Mum on Mother’s Day, and her birthday. Also in some reflective pieces about my youth. She was more than a Mum, becuase she was a friend too. She has never featured as a character in any of my stories. Mainly because her personality and attitude in later life would be almost unbelievable. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. What a beautiful sentiment, Pete. There are some losses we simply find a way to adjust to, but we will never get over the loss. She looks like a grand lady. It is humbling to think about the struggles she endured in her life. She must have been so proud of you. I echo your statement about Covid. I have had similar thoughts thinking about my sisters this week. Hang onto the good memories.

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  5. If we could only keep them forever but, as you say, it would be quite a worry at this time. My mom is 91 and is being kept safe at a nursing home in Canada. I worry about her every day. A lovely tribute to a fine person, Pete.

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  6. What a beautiful tribute to her Pete. She sounds a wonderful lady. A wonderful lady with a wonderful son. I am sure you do miss her so very very much. May she rest in the peace she deserves Pete xx

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