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It would have been mum’s 60th birthday


It would have been my mum’s 60th birthday tomorrow (18th of March). That seems quite odd.

She died over 14 years ago aged 45. I can’t really imagine what she’d have been like at 60; probably much the same as I remember her. It’s just 60 isn’t on my radar, whilst 45 is just 10 years older than I am now and rather too close for comfort.

Mum, friend and would-be-granny

I do still fantasise about all of the lunches and chats over a bottle of wine we’d have had. I was in my final year of university when she died and we’d already started having those kind of lunches when I was back home on holiday. Our relationship was becoming increasingly that of close friends not just mother and daughter. She’d have been a fantastic granny (I kind of assume she’d have gone for that title as that’s what I called her mum). As my dad has said – many times – she would probably have tried to move in with my husband and I so she could help 24/7 with the kids.

She absolutely hated having her photo taken, but I do have this one of her with my brother and I at my 21st birthday party a couple of weeks before she died unexpectedly. Even she felt compelled to have her pic taken at the occasion she’d spent so much time organising. She would absolutely freak if she knew I’d used it.

My mum made my dad promise that if anything ever happened to her, he’d do everything he could for my brother and I. He’s stayed true to his word and has done a fantastic job. Just one example is that, despite still working part-time, he helps me out with the morning school run every day. My mum would have been proud of all of us.

A toast to mum

I’m not going to go on about what a fantastic mother she was (and she really was the most amazing one), as anyone who knew her already knows this. However, I’ll be raising a glass for this milestone birthday. I will no doubt be thinking about what might have been in our relationship at this stage of my life and what might have been for the grandchildren she didn’t meet.


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I’m Fran: wife, mother-of-three and freelance publicist. My love for communicating and writing mirrors my passion for trying to be the best mum I can be. I love good food & wine, Italian culture and football and have a keen interest in personal finance. I also blog over on Epsom & Ewell Families and Habyts, and write sporadically for a number of other sites.

1 Comment

  1. What a lovely moving tribute to your Mum Fran. I am sure she would have made a lovely “Granny” to the 3 girls.
    Even I might get a glass out tomorrow and give a toast to your Mum even though I have never had the pleasure to meet her.

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