July 31, 2010
Last Wednesday, Mum turned 88. She was happy. Said she feels well enough to live another 10. Good genes, moderation, yoga, learning, letting go, self-protection (what I’ve worked out so far). We giggled over the silliest things, had a simple dinner, ate full cream milky porridge for breakfast next morning and went out for coffee. She told stories again of her courtship with Dad 70 years ago. I never tire of hearing them.
I’m halfway through a full size portrait of her. Each morning as I enter my studio I say, hi mum, and proceed to bring a little more of her into the room. It’s a mix of her physical self and my perceptions and projections. She lives far away so I work from drawings and photos and memory.