Why I Chose to be Motherless – Part 5

Why I Chose to be Motherless – Part 5

If you've landed here, you might want to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 first.   In Western Australia My mother packed up their house in Tasmania, and in February 2011, my husband flew over and brought both of my parents back with him. At...

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Why I Chose to be Motherless – Part 4

Why I Chose to be Motherless – Part 4

Here's the rest of the story. Because it's long, I've split it into two parts, both of which I'll post today. I apologise, once again, for the length of these posts, but I'm nearly there, nearly through telling this story. If you've missed the earlier stories,...

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Why I Chose to be Motherless – Part 3

Why I Chose to be Motherless – Part 3

This is the third post in this series. (Click here for Part 1 or Part 2.)   Thank You Thank you, once again, to everyone who has written to me—your words made me cry, but in a good way. Writing down my story has felt like letting the...

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Why I Chose to be Motherless – Part 1

Why I Chose to be Motherless – Part 1

I recently read an essay, Motherless By Choice by Katie Naum, and felt awed by its honesty, its sincerity and its wisdom. It struck a chord with me and spurred me to tell my own story. As always happens when I write stories from my childhood,...

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Letting Go

Letting Go

Our daughter is leaving home in just over a week. She’s moving interstate to go to university. There's a good uni ten minutes down the road, but she wants to experience a different city, live in a different part of Australia, and who knows where she'll go after that....

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Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories

So, Christmas is over and the night has now claimed Boxing Day, too. Ah, Boxing Day, my favourite day of the year. I feel as if I can now exhale: the rush and stress of Christmas is behind me and the holidays can truly begin. I love the day so much, I could...

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On Smacking Kids

On Smacking Kids

This post is about something personal and very important to me: the physical punishment of children. On Friday, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) issued a Media Release with their Position Statement and brochure on the use of Physical Punishment...

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Family Secrets

Family Secrets

Between August and October 2010, I had a couple of long telephone conversations with my grandmother in Tasmania. She was 88-years-old at the time and I wanted to learn as much about her life as I could before she inevitably left us. And I did ... Nan's father died...

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A Letter To My Daughter’s Teacher

A Letter To My Daughter’s Teacher

Dear Miss, You see me and run your fingers through your hair, trying to look nonchalant. I can see that you’re uncomfortable, possibly intimidated: I’m a good 20 years older than you, and my body is rigid, my mouth set. You know that I’ve complained about you and that...

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