Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Deja Vu






Last week, after her usual visit to Nan and Pa's place, my little Pippi presented me with a solitary Camellia. A single plump pink bloom, picked fresh from my mothers tree. The tree that sits proudly in front of the french doors that lead the way into Nanna's 'Special Room' - you know, the room that holds all of the antiques and the fine bone china and the crystal? That one.

It was the first bloom of the season and it was given to me by my smiling, snotty faced, pyjama clad (because it's all she'll wear) daughter.

As she ran inside the our front gates, arms outstretched towards me I was instantly reminded of being a first time mum.

In that moment, I could see my 26 year old self carrying a brand new baby Zephie out onto the front lawn. Yet in my memory I wasn't greeting my daughter, I was welcoming my mum.

Each June the Camellia's start arriving, just like they did in June 2009 when Zeph was a baby. Those long, blissfully disorienting days were so often punctuated by my darling mum. She would arrive on my door step with a loving hug, a gentle smile, some Bakers Delight berry and white choc chip scones and a fist full of freshly cut flowers.

The transfer of said hug, smile, scones and blooms would be executed swiftly and before you knew it, that mother of mine would have a baby Zephie sleeping in her arms.

Things have changed a little since then. Two more babies have arrived here at The Beetle Shack but the goodness of a freshly cut Camellia and the sweetness of my mother remain the same.

I just wish we still had time for a cup of tea and a scone.


21 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful & made me cry!
    Beautiful words Em:)

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  2. This is so sweet, you write so eloquently! These photos are also stunning.
    x Eloise - Jazzlipsandtulips

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  3. Supporting Mums are worth their weight in gold (so are Baker's delight goodies brought by said mums to new mums, I had that too. Was freakin' amazing).
    Lovely post Em. Love your steamy tea.

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  4. This is really lovely, you are so blessed to have a beautiful, caring mum

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  5. you have a beautiful/wonderful mother.

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  6. Beautiful sentiments, Em. Your mother is a blessing, an absolute treasure.
    What I would give for such a mother.
    xx

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  7. Let's have a pyjama day! Eloise will not get out of her flannie pjs at the moment either, some days I just join her. I love this story. I was holding a boy bub in June 2009, too, but I was watching the the leaves fall off the big oak tree at our old place. I love how babies force you to stop for moments throughout the day and notice the world a little. Now, put the kettle and make time for that cuppa. ;)sarah

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    1. YES! Lets do it Sar! I too join my kids in being a total unwashed grub most days!

      xx

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  8. Lovely post, and lovely comments too x

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  9. Oh this post just SPEAKS to me today. We are currently debating the age ol' question of whether we want to be close to my mum (and my husbands parents) when we have a baby. What a blessing. You're very lucky.

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    1. I can't imagine parenting my children without my parents around. The support is, for me, essential. Even if it's just a listening ear but usually, it;s the practical help!

      xx

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  10. Beautiful, just beautiful x

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  11. ah yes, times are a changin with 3 little people now...the flowers and memories and story is lovely...enjoy your day. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  12. Another teary one here. Love my mum xxx

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  13. Awww Em, this tugged my heart strings, indeed. My parents have the most beautiful collection of camellia trees throughout their front and back gardens. I have loved and admired those blooms for as long as I can remember and they hold an incredibly special, rather nostalgic place in my heart. And like yourself, my first dizzying days and months as a Mama were shared with my own lovely Mama, quite often just hanging out in the backyard, chatting and loving on my first born boy, in the shade of the camellia trees. I too, wish there was more time for us to just 'hang out' these days, it's kinda sad how life just keeps getting busier... but kinda wonderful as well. Love the pics, hope all is going well Hun xoxo

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  14. how gorgeous and how wonderful to have this! My mother tends to come armed with sly digs and gripes, i would trade for fresh flowers and smiles in a heartbeat! you wrote this so beautifully, i hope one day my kids will write about me with such beautiful words. Thinking of you and your beetle shackers xxxxx

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  15. precious, your Mum sounds like an amazing lady - your stories of her teach me of how I want to be for my Grandchildren one day! xx

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  16. The flower pot and table clothes are very nice and it is amazing post.Stay up on the good work in the blog.

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  17. Beautifully written. I'd be lost without my mum. Do make sure there is still time for a scone and a cuppa, even if you have to chug it down.

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em