Tag Archives: Jane Fleming

#53 – Preserved on tape

I stare at the dark computer screen, wondering if my overactive imagination is misleading me. Only one way to find out. An imagination doesn’t mislead twice. Not in the face of hard facts from a digital camera. I hit “Play” … Continue reading

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#52 – A series of hellos and goodbyes

Mum kisses me. “I love you,” she says. She’s done that quite a few times in the last couple of weeks, which is funny because she’s not really a kissy or “I love you” kind of person. When I was … Continue reading

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#51 – On a cliff edge

A fly-on-the-wall observer of our household would see nothing wrong. They’d see a family who has time-travelled from the 1950s. A young wife at home with a preschooler and two babies; a granny who hovers solicitously around her daughter and … Continue reading

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#50 – Nothing left to say

Maggie: Never have I wanted to be somewhere else so badly as on the evening that Tania Patrick appears on Libby’s doorstep and refuses to leave. She wants to meet her big brother, and never mind the collateral damage to … Continue reading

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#49 – An unwelcome blast from the past

Maggie: The babies are merely days old, and Oliver is back at work already, so I have stepped in to help. No paid paternity leave for Oliver, but I suspect that is merely an excuse for his absence. The real … Continue reading

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#47 – Showered with affection

Maggie opens her front door, and I hand her a screwdriver set. “Oliver said you needed this urgently,” I say. “He says there should be one in there that fits, but let him know if there isn’t.” I try not … Continue reading

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#46 – A tale of two mothers

My mother is inexhaustible. She looked so old when she arrived here a few days ago, but not any more. She has a new lease of life. Unsurprising, really – she’s taken all my energy instead and become a life-sucking … Continue reading

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#45 – Mum’s the word

Can’t stop thinking about the awful story of Maggie’s daughter and Anna’s dead brother-in-law. I see why Anna told me — festering half-truths ruined Sara’s life, by all accounts — but I still haven’t figured out what to do about … Continue reading

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#35 – A big piranha in a small pond

Even a week after the ultrasound, I can hardly take it in. Twins?   Me? I phone Mum to tell her about it, of course, and regret it immediately. She means to be helpful and encouraging, but it never works out … Continue reading

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#14 – Through the looking-glass, darkly

As we emerge from US Customs at Logan, I see a man in a dark suit, holding a big white card with our name on it. He looks like Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black, which is pretty funny when … Continue reading

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