My mother died just over two years ago, after a brief but fierce fight with cancer.
I miss her every day.
Time has made things easier and the tears less frequent. However, sometimes I just wish that I could still sit down with her and talk things through over a cup of tea.
She was one of my strongest supporters and closest confidants. We would talk about the serious and not so serious, about plans and ideas and funny things that happen. She gave advice where it was needed and encouraged me to forge my own path. Whether I needed support or to celebrate the wins, she was always there for me despite the distance.
One wise woman
Recently, I received an unexpected email from one of my Mum’s longest and wisest friends. While it was a lovely surprise to hear from her, it made me cry all the same. Like me, she misses my Mum, but she still has a regular cup of tea with her to talk things through. I don’t know why I didn’t think of trying it myself.
This blog is me, sharing a pot of tea with my Mum
… and discussing the myriad of things that I would like to share with her.
- Travel plans and reports
- Tips to make travelling easier or more enjoyable
- Parenting wins and fails
- Recipes for cakes and biscuits that I would bake or cook to share with her over a cup of tea
- Recipes inspired by our travels
- DIY and creative projects
- Updates to our home
- Humorous anecdotes or challenges related to living in Germany as an expat, or raising a bilingual child
- Updates on my journey through grief to life on the other side
- Things that I am doing and think of her or would just like her input.
I know Mum can’t respond directly. Yet maybe me writing some of this down and sharing it will be an opportunity for me to think things through. Almost as if Mum and I had shared a cup of tea and a chat together.
Perhaps someone will even share a comment that will resonate with me as “just what Mum would have said”.
I’d like to think I might inspire or inform someone with what I write. Hopefully, this blog will encourage readers to visit somewhere we have been, make one of our recipes or try one of our craft projects.
More importantly, Tea with Mum is a way for me to work through my own grief and possibly even provide some comfort to someone facing a similar loss.
If nothing else, this blog will force me to take time out for myself, have a cup of tea and reflect.