Currently listening to Bob Swipe’s Podcast 4 as I write whilst eating…..
Supper: the last sliver of homemade chicken pie from yesterday’s supper – cold – just right warm falafel with lemon juice and coriander (homemade) hoummous (not homemade) a glass of red wine (well two actually and definitely not homemade thank goodness)
after a nice day spent idling with my son and my Dad.
Here’s a picture of them looking strangely alike in a sort of we don’t give a fuck kind of way and mucking about taking photo’s of themselves a month or so ago in PIzza Express Twickenham
Today I ended up discussing my on-going relationship troubles and mooting my possible impending single-parenthood with my Dad who ironically – left my mother as a single parent when I was three. I’ve always been quite proud of the fact that I’ve managed to survive that milestone myself so far….and even more ironically, there we were discussing it all at ‘the swings’ in Marble Hill Park where my father 37 years ago told my mother he was leaving whilst I too was playing on the swings. I sort of remember that day. I remember being asked to be pushed and seeing my mum looking stern and away and my Dad well, just looking like my Dad really. So I just lay over the swing and twisted around and around instead as everyone seemed to be ignoring me. Finally, we had to get up and leave. I remember my Mum walking on ahead. Later I remember my Dad with wet hair pulling on his full length chocolate brown leather raincoat (it was 1969!) and leaving, slamming the door. And that was it. Gone. I remember it so clearly (much to my parents pain and horror even now). I remember telling my Dad that he couldn’t go out with wet hair. His parting words were ‘It’s ok’. Can’t remember anything after that at all. I’ve blethered on here as I guess the title suggests and as I sort of knew I would. My worry at the moment is mainly that I’m very aware of protecting my son from so much if/when the inevitable happens – which I think is a distinct possibility. The other thing I’m more than aware of is that single parent-dom is pretty much all I know. I’m also incredibly independent. A majority of my oldest, best friends are also children of single mothers. I’m even trying to make a documentary about single mothers for chrissake – I suppose it is something I know well. Anyway, it’s all getting a bit much which is why I’ve been posting up silly drivel lately as a way of avoiding sticking personal stuff up on my blog – which I only do from time to time. I’m doing this today in memory and on the eve of what would have been Abbies (one of my all time true and best kindred spirits) 37th birthday. For those of you that are newcomers to this blog – Abbie was a great and true friend (also a single mother!) who died of the most horrid brain cancer last year. My blog was the only outlet for my thoughts at the time as I just couldn’t talk to anyone about it. Plus I helped nurse her pretty much until the end which didn’t feel hard at the time but I felt the fall-out afterwards – still am sometimes. All of it is archived Feb-May 2005. I think about and miss her everyday. If she were still here she would urge me to be truthful and declare what was bothering me – so I have. Thanks for reading.
Abbie Campbell 1969 – 2005.
(Abbie and Charlie her son March 2005)
UPDATE: I just realised that perhaps anyone (all of my 2 readers!) reading this might think that I want to become a single mother. To clarify, my point is that I don’t relish the idea of possibly becoming a single mother at all and am definitely working very hard not to be – especially as it is something that I know very well. I hope that makes sense. Normal service to be resumed shortly – I just had to get that off my chest!
Thanks Bob for another great podcast – a good companion for writing except your Bowie closer was going to be my opener for my first podcast – harumph – I’ll have to re-think!