Some things can never be repaid. And about some people it’s hard to find words…but here they are, let me introduce you, dear Reader, to my daughters.
I’ll try to reveal some of my treasure on earth…
There are three people who are angels on earth to me – for many reasons –
and they are my daughters Maria, Hinnie and Nell. It’s not easy to write about them separately because
they intertwine for me, like climbing roses, honeysuckle and clematis
I could write a book about them, but these short pieces are to thank them – for knowing me so well, for their patience and care and for the everlasting joy they bring me.
Nell, my faery child, when I first heard your voice it took my breath away. It was so musical and I thought ‘ Oh thank you God, you’ve given us a mezzo soprano…’ From that moment I always knew you’d be the pitch perfect singer you are. I love to hear you sing.
If I were to choose a colour for you, it would be bottle green. The colour of pine trees in winter, the colour of holly leaves, of bottles filled with red wine and of the snow-covered larches of Scandinavia.
Your music would be Arvo Part’s The Deer’s Cry and Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz – both chosen for your courage on your incredible journey through life.
Your book would be Wuthering Heights and The Little Mermaid your film.
Your poem would be William Butler Yeats’ Squirrel at Kyle-na-no.
A quiet place to meditate with a candle glowing for my sensitive and loving youngest daughter. Sometimes timid, sometimes doubting, always playful and curious, you’re a lover of words, of soft textures and shiny things and of your cat.
An artist and lover of clown, of theatre and of circus and movement, you also have the strength and stamina of an athlete. You walk taller than any small person I know.
And your voice…your brother was listening to it and said ‘You could make a career with that voice’ – and he knew a good voice! May you always find something to sing about.
I wish for you a happy home always and good people for you to love and share your journey with. Thank you for being my daughter.
Hinnie, my violin child, you always try to make people comfortable.
Quiet and reflective, philosophy was your friend from your early years and you’re a lover of books and really great at sharing them…a peacemaker.
I’ve watched you grow into T’ai Chi and care for the people around you. And as for me, well, you care for me in ways that reveal how well you know me. You are an active listener and you are wise.
Storytelling is in your nature and poetry swirls in the air around you like a coronet of cornflowers.
I wish that you always have a garden to tend and to find quiet, with fresh food and fragile flowers.
May you have around you comfortable clothes, a piano, laughing children who sing and dance, theatre and good friends –
and always a family who cherishes you for the love and energy you give to them.
Ria, my flower child, my first daughter, generous and accepting, how you love a hug!
With sunshine and music, may you always find pictures to take, seeds to grow, songs you love and a promising sky in the morning…
Eager to have a coffee with you any time, it’s always a treat to share time together…
Your music would be Rodriguez’ Concerto d’Aranjuaz – under blue skies of course…and your poem would be William Butler Yeats’ The Lake Isle of Innisfree.
Supplier of Sweet Peas and Morning Glories – eater of Portuguese Tarts, green-fingered cook, mother, sister and beloved auntie, may you always find loving family and friends to share life with. Thank you for being my daughter.