Today I went to the afternoon tea organised by my sister Carolyn for Mum’s 78th birthday. The main reason I went is because Mum is deteriorating and I felt this could well be her last birthday, and I knew she would like to have her 4 children with her, for only the second time in who nows how many years.
I have to confess that I felt very uncomfortable, this could partly have been my own paranoia as I know my other two siblings did not want me there and it took everything I had to stay as long as I did. Fortunately I was spared their spouses, one of whom is particularly offensive.
Mum’s two brothers and a sister-in-law were there, however her sister could not make it. My cousin Sandi was also there and she played some songs for Mum as Mum has always loved her music. Sandi also gave Mum a CD of her 90-year-old father playing the piano and singing, something I know Mum will treasure.
I have now made the first move to reassert my place in the family and I cannot back down. I cannot let those other two win and allow myself to be ostracised again. In saying that once Mum and Dad have passed I will not lay eyes on them again. Blood is not always thicker than water.
Being an ABBA fan from way back it was good to see Agnetha Faltskog on Channel 7 tonight, she was truly beautiful in her day and I vividly remember seeing ABBA at what was then West Lakes Stadium in 1977. I still know all the words to their songs and I still have all the vinyl albums. Agnetha said during the interview that ABBA would never reform, it is better to live with the memories, I agree. Thank you for the music.
Goodnight and thank you for reading.
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