Mother is like a gorilla

Since my father died, I have tried to persuade Mother to make a Will. It has been a decade long guerrilla war fought on behalf of the old fashioned principles of Good Sense and Forward Planning. But I’ve not made any headway. My Wife calls this on-going contest the ‘War of the Wills’. Mother isContinue reading “Mother is like a gorilla”

Leonardo Da Vinci

Somewhere in the world there’s always a Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition open, or about to open. Which means someone, somewhere is always blathering on about Da Vinci’s genius for designing scuba gear centuries before it became a reality. Mother is listening to someone doing exactly this and she is not impressed. Mother values domestic appliancesContinue reading “Leonardo Da Vinci”

The Tardis

Mother is like Dr Who. She is a Time Lord and has a Tardis, which she uses frequently to travel back to the past. Like Dr Who, she doesn’t like to travel alone, so she usually recruits fellow travellers from friends and family.  Sometimes, she press gangs complete strangers on board like a nonagenarian pirate. Continue reading “The Tardis”

Bored Meeting

Mother, age 95, is going to move in with us. It’s a question of when, not if, according to my wife. I am not as sure as she is. Mother actually hasn’t said she wants to move in.   But my Wife hasn’t made a mistake this decade, so I’m following her instruction to ‘getContinue reading “Bored Meeting”

Letter to Mother

Mother is 95 years old. Her mind is as sharp as ever as is her tongue.  ‘Your stomach is larger than your father’s when he had his stroke. If you don’t do something soon, you’ll go the same way,’ she says. She reserves her lectures for me. Everyone else gets a grey-age, charm offensive. SheContinue reading “Letter to Mother”