Friday, 3 April 2015

Crossing the Ocean - Hannah's Mother 1 #AtoZchallenge















The wind blusters against us, coming off the sea so that our lungs fill with salty air. It throws ice-cold surf in our faces until our skin feels numb. We’re wrapped up snugly in matching hats and gloves; we know we look silly, but we've always loved the absurd.
“It’s so beautiful,” Mum says, gazing out. Her face softens; I see her sorrow. “When I was little, I wanted to sail across the ocean, all the way around the world. How perfect would that be, just you and the ocean?”
“They don’t sleep though, do they, those sailors? They have to be alert all the time. I like my bed too much.”
She smiles. “You always have.”
I nudge her playfully, and gaze out to the horizon, imagining my mother sailing away. “Is that your only regret?”
“Oh, it’s not a regret, a silly childish dream, that’s all.” She pauses, and her expression sobers. “I have no regrets. I've done everything I wanted to.” She clasps my gloved hand and squeezes. “I had you.”
“But…” I see the flicker of grief in her eye.
“No buts, Hannah. This is our day. No sadness, no tears. You’re the one who said that.”
I smile and nod, allowing Mum to link my arm. We walk slowly to the café at the top of the beach, pausing occasionally to let her catch her breath.


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44 comments:

  1. I love the ocean and my bed, which is why I LOVE cruising! Nice passage.
    Scribbles From Jenn - Visiting from the A to Z Challenge

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    1. I've never been on a cruise but I'd love to.

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  2. So this is Part 1? That's good because I want to read on! I wonder what they might have to be sad about.

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    1. Yes, there are a couple more parts to this one :-)

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  3. Hi Annalisa - love descriptive passage and I can see the love, and the anxiety as they make their way back up the beach ... so many of us have dreams of exploring other parts of the world .. sailing away - I'd rather not - I'd be worried about that enigmatic future .. cheers Hilary

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    1. I don't think I'm a natural traveller either, Hilary. But I can live vicariously through my characters!

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  4. My mother actually did that - she sailed from Australia in 1945 with my Englsih father. I could feel the yearning in the mother here, but she's happy with what she chose.

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    1. That must have been an epic trip at that time, Lizy - an incredible adventure though. Yes, the mother in my story is definitely happy with what she chose. (And people complain I don't write positive stories ;-) )

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  5. A beautiful little tale, just a little sad, but warm as well. Such love.
    Tasha
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    1. I'm glad you felt the love, Natasha :-)

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  6. A delightful tale. I can see the sea from my bed and that suits me just fine! Hope you enjoy my story as much I've enjoyed yours.

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    1. Oh, I wish I lived that close to the sea, Keith. I'm not far away, but it's still a 30 minute car journey to my favourite beach.

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  7. My heart melted while reading that.

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  8. once upon a time I crossed the ocean in a ship. I was a child and do not recall much. ..wish I did

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    1. I bet you had a great time, even if you don't remember much!

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  9. A lot of emotion in such a short passage. You get a great feel for their history and how they are walking towards the end. Beautiful!

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  10. Well done, Annalisa, and I could identify with the emotions. I once planned to have a travelling life as a photographer, but I had two daughters and did other things. I found the love of my life by travelling to another country, though.

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    1. Just a different kind of adventure, D.G :-)

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  11. I accidentally deleted your comment, but I like cerulean, too!

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    1. Lol. I always panic a bit when I delete a comment, even if I need to because it's a duplicate or something. I sit there and think "Do I want to delete it?" Easy to do it by mistake too :-)

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  12. Visiting from A/Z. I like how she had no regrets. It makes me wonder if the mom is not long for the world and this was one last special day they would have together.

    Very nicely done!

    betty

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    1. This is only part 1, Betty, so you might have to pop back and see if you're right. I think the next installment is day G :-)

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  13. Very sweet, emotional! But I think maybe the pregnancy and/or birth damaged something in her.

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    1. I think pregnancy changes all women to some degree, but the changes don't necessarily have to be negative :-)

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  14. Hi Annalisa, returning your visit to my blog. Poignant story. Lots of emotion in a few short words.

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  15. Love this. Lots of emotions in so tiny a scene. This is why you're awesome.

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  16. First thing I thought about was a mom and daughter looking at the ocean, but thinking about home... so what's the big day? Are they going home? :)

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    1. There are two more parts to this story, Mark, so check back and find out... (See how great my marketing skills are becoming!)

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  17. "we know we look silly, but we've always loved the absurd." I love that line. I love my bed, too, now that I am older. Sweet story!

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  18. A beautiful story, you got the emotions just right.

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  19. I often wonder to myself in my own mum has any regrets about life - not that she's ever mentioned any, and she's perfectly happy; but I so sometimes wonder about the life my parents have lived, and if there's anything they'd so differently if they had the chance. Not that they'd tell me if they did, I'm sure!

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    1. The thing is, you never really know how much children will change your life - not for the worse, just change it.

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  20. I love her mum. Anyone who is a parent has succeeded in life. Do we get to do everything we wanted to do? No, but when you look at your kids, does it really matter?

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    1. Exactly, Elizabeth, it's just a different kind of adventure!

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