Tap-dancer, mother of the Climber (15) & the Cherub (12), and girlfriend of Mr. Fixit.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
It Ain't Necessarily So.
I think my step-father would have approved of his funeral. It was funny, irreverent and unsentimental, like him. The various speakers described his not inconsiderable public achievements and his love of a good argument, his enormous interest in humanity and his complete lack of any aesthetic appreciation whatsoever. My step-sisters behaved themselves but apparently the fact that my Mum spent the last 6 months of his life completely house-bound and serving as a 24-hour nurse deserved neither a mention in the eulogy or any consideration / grace in the settling of the financial affairs as set out in the will. Honestly. Some people.
It was good to be there for Mum, who is coping with dignity and energy, although she is of course very sad. It was also nice to see some members of my extended family and some old friends, and to meet some of Mum's new friends. I made a couple of cakes for the wake, for which I received compliments from eminent Australians. I will probably brag about this forevermore: Do try some of my Buttermilk Spice Cake, it comes highly recommended by a former Governor-General.
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