Day 73: Memories Of Rita
It is the 3rd June. This day 3 years ago my mother’s only sister died. She was 81 and up a ladder. A momentary shout distracted her and she fell in slow motion. It was a relief that she didn’t linger but it was a shocking way for my Auntie Rita to go. She had lived a life of wild ups and serious downs, she could and would still flirt outrageously with any receptive young man, she loved her nightly sup of whisky and was a divil for a party. I remember she took me to the circus when I was about 7. It was such a treat though I very much resisted being asked to slip in under the tent to save the cost of the ticket. Her spam in batter, an inspired budget meal, was a novelty of the highest order.
She complained about the heat in Adelaide where she had lived for over 4 decades and when she came to Ireland, well it was much too cold. She loved a bargain; voraciously collecting coupons and stocking up on special offers. She gifted practical gadgets and was great to make do and mend. Her life had run the gamut of the emotional scale but she had survived and was even beginning to thrive as she made peace with losses, mishaps and misdemenours. She dabbled in dragon boat racing in her 70s and guided by one of her daughters she was experiencing the catharis of acting and writing. The text message this morning reminded me of hearing my mother’s breaking heart when she called to tell me the news this day 3 years ago. It am right back to the shock and incomprehension of the sudden disappearance of her body and soul through a gash in the invisible veil. Then as now a stark relief against the apparent mundanity of the day.
100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect. I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort. I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.
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