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This is to say thank you.
Thank you for reading what I write. Thank you for the validation it brings. Because it’s more than the validation of a number or a notification.
It’s you being here with me.
And that’s all anyone is ever looking for.I like you too, you know. I like how your eyes look after you’ve been crying; from laughter or otherwise, all red-rimmed but clear, like you can see more now than maybe you did before. I like your nose, how you’ve grown it in the centre of your face. I like how you mispronounce words sometimes, but you think that trying is more important than how failing may feel. You’re right. And I like that about you too. I like how sometimes you sit down or fall down or feel down and think you may never get up again, but you do. I like that there’s something that you really love, something that makes you know what they mean when they say ‘it’s dear to my heart’. Writing has always been that thing to me, and you being here has helped me not be so afraid to say that, instead of whispering it, when no one was listening. I like that everyday your future is finding you, wherever you are. And I like that, somehow, we are connected in that, even though some days it’s only across this technologsea. I like that we can make each other feel less alone, because we’re not, really. You’re here and I’m here.
I appreciate it.
Theo: Mama, here’s a ring. We’re married now.
Alice: Oh, thank you darling. We’re married? What does ‘married’ mean? Do you know?
Theo: It’s when you show someone a dance forever.
Why is…Otto glittery? You couldn’t find any paper? So you drew on him? With glitter…glue?
Let’s clean that off.
Oh…you say it doesn’t matter?
Because he can’t see it.
Baking day 1 + 2 + 3 / Afternoon walks in her favourite shoes; always on the wrong feet. / Oh, hello to you! The bulbs I planted in April, arriving just before Spring. So cheerful. / Quilts, embroidery, and a well stickered sewing box. / My stylist making some last-minute adjustments to my outfit. Or trying to get at all the Lego that he keeps in my handbag. / Sitting on the back deck, waiting for Summer. / Knitting, knitting, knitting.
Theo: Whose idea was it to put corn in a can?
Alice wears: Gingham dress. It makes me feel like a picnic – Thrifted in Dunedin. Cardigan – stolen from my Mumma. She made it.
Shoes – Thrifted. They’re secretly slippers. A very foxy handbag.
And the face of someone who just wants the photo to be taken already.