Side by Side

We finally said goodbye to my mum yesterday. She’s buried beside my dad and my sister in a grassy little field near where I still, forty years on, think of as “home”.

The trip was supposed to be our first real family holiday in two years, but Sadie and I came down with COVID on our second day, so we spent almost all of it holed up in hotel rooms coughing and sleeping. It’s not how I wanted to say goodbye, but I’m glad they’re all together.

Comes a day, last kiss
Comes a day, last breath
Comes a day—and then another