A LETTER TO MY MOTHER

 

 

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Hi Mum,

it’s so long since I’ve written, though I talk to you every day. I just wanted to say Hi and tell you I’m thinking of you, as always. I hope you like the flowers, we both loved daisies and roses..

We’re all ok, though there are a few more of us now… you knew three grandchildren, now you have five … and two great grandchildren, with a third due any day now. I know, you would spoil them all every chance you got. You always loved children… and were never happier than when you were with them. I was listening to you the other day, when you were helping your first grandchild to learn to play the organ. That was such a lovely day looking back… though, of course, it was just one of many. *

I have so much to say.. and yet so little. It’s hard to write and see through the tears… how I miss you… we all do. You were the centre of our family, our rock… our guide. You were and are, loved by so many… family and friends. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t feel you with me and for that I will always be grateful. We miss Dad also, but the one great comfort is that we know that you would be so happy to be together again.

Had to smile this morning as I was looking through old newspapers and came across this clipping…I never knew that you could do a Clog Waltz… see you still surprise me…

 

 

 

Then I found this … I’m sure you would have been so pleased to get your Merit Certificate..

 

I’m sure you would have loved to have told your Mum, but sadly she had passed away earlier in that year, when you were just eleven…

Don Dorrigo Gazette Jan 1943 memoriam Bridget

Don Dorrigo Gazette Jan 1943 memoriam Bridget

I am trying not to be sad today, so instead, I just want to post a few memories we can share… I will love you always… and will always miss you calling me Petal…

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Bridget (Dillon) Swadling.. eldest daughter Mary, with friend’s baby,  front left Betty and Peggy (Mum)…the youngest.

Betty, Mary, Peggy Swadling 2

Swadling girls, Betty, Mary, Peggy…

 

 

Mary & Peg,                    Mary, Peg, Betty                Mary’s wedding day with Peg

Peg at back of shop in Dorrigo, about 17.

Margaret (Peggy) Swadling 1947

beautiful bride..

Peg Catsoulis (nee Swadling) holding daughter, Chris

 The only photo I have of Mum with me as a baby.. I think it was my christening.

Mum with my youngest brother, one of my favourite photos of Mum, Pa (Mum’s Dad) Mum and Dad

Mum and Dad 1959  Dad, Mum, me and brother Theo..in Sydney,  Dad, Theo, Mum and Michael in Maryborough (Qld)  Botanic Gardens..

 

Swadling girls 1981 Peg Catsoulis, Betty Jones, Mary Green                     The three sisters… Mum (Peg), Betty and Mary.. at Sunnybank.

Vince & Peg Catsoulis 1981

Last photo of Peg and Vince (Mum and Dad) together… just a few months before Mum died.

Today is even more poignant for me… as today I have missed you as many years as I had you in my life… loving you always, Petal..

 

 

(c) all photos crissouli and family

* Memories (Such Sweet Sounds)

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