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Happy anniversary to me

Happy 59th birthday and, of course, 19th wedding anniversary Bronnie. It still makes me laugh that we got married on your birthday. Do you remember I wasn’t going to tell you even? I wish I could remember now who counselled that as fun as it might be for me to give you a surprise wedding, just no. They were right, you always did love the run-up to one of our legendary parties.

And our wedding day was such a great day, wasn’t it. So great most people forget that it rained buckets on that 11th day of June in our English country garden. A slight kicker given we had a panicked day before that the weather was so hot the marquee might melt on our guests. Got to love that English weather.

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My daughter, Morgan, at 21

Not going to lie, I have found it incredibly hard to write this tribute to my daughter, Morgan, on this her 21st birthday. Usually words would have been formed maybe a week beforehand, but here I am at roughly 6:00 am on the day of her birth with a mostly blank screen.

And I don’t know why.

I go to start and the years that have passed since I gave birth to Morgan Cynthia Fargo come crashing down and stifle my words.

Morgan Fargo with Robbie, Tess and HartYes, I could reiterate the beauty of Morgan. Her different and measured way of seeing the world. Her fierce loyalty where she places her love. Her strong sense of family and family ties. The deep love she has for her siblings Robbie, Tess and Hart.

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Travels with my aunt: RIP Aunty Audrey

My Aunty Audrey died last night.

Bronnie and I had last seen her years ago in St. Lucia when a combination of his work, air miles and the guts to be separated from our children and leave them in another country conspired with the universe to make the visit happen.

It is almost fitting Aunty Audrey should pass away two days after Bronnie’s birthday this week since they became fast friends after a very inauspicious start. This is an abiding memory for me and one I have been sharing with my own daughter today as we travel on the train to London to support her Grandmother – Aunty Audrey’s sister and my mother.

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On 18th birthdays, graduations and absent auras

I’ve had a Solomon-like task today because, albeit I haven’t had to cut any babies in half, both my daughters are celebrating milestones on this Sunday 19th May 2013.

My youngest daughter, Morgan, is 18 years old today (Yaay!) and my oldest daughter, Tess, graduates from college today in the United States (Yaay!).

The dilemma was that it is now the custom on each of my children’s milestone birthdays for me to write a post in honour of that fact. It never occurred to me that birthdays might clash with other milestones where my words are really the only gift I want to, well, gift.

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