An Extra-Ordinary Day Out Calls For Sandwiches

Death happens and there’s no getting away from it.

Life and Death –  If we weren’t able to have a smile about both  this would be a very miserable place.

On Sunday it will be Mother’s Day in the UK, or as the Church of England prefers to call it ‘Mothering Sunday’.

It hardly seems a moment since my hubby and I were discussing Mother’s Day. He was sat at the table when he announced, If anyone asks you for ideas, I’m making a list of a few bits that I’d like for Father’s Day. I laughed before replying “You do know this one is Mother’s Day and not Father’s Day.” A look of disappointment came over his face and then those blue eyes of his twinkled, he gave me a very sweet, cheeky smile and quipped “Do you want to swap?”

We never did swap and sadly he never made it to Father’s Day either.

Hubby’s gift to me that year was a bowl of hyacinths, and having just come in from the garden, I notice that having survived the dog’s endless excavating, they are once again making an appearance and just in time for Mother’s Day. hyacinth 2

This lovely spring day encouraged me to buy flowers for the cemetery, it also prompted a conversation with number four daughter that went something like this.

Me: “I might take flowers to your great grandmother’s grave next week, I haven’t been there in years, do you want to come with me?”

Sophie: “Ooh yes please, that’s my idea of a perfect day out, I love cemeteries!”

She was deadly serious, so I’m thinking I ought to make sandwiches!

Sophie: “When I die I want to be buried at sea.”

Me: “What?  Why do you want to be buried at sea?”

Sophie: “To annoy everyone!”

She is her father’s child! (not that there was any doubt). It sounds like an extra-ordinary day out at sea will definitely call for sandwiches!

Written in  response to the daily word-prompt ‘ordinary

Mother's Day Gift

A  Mother’s Day Gift for this year, 26.03 .2017 . I love this because of its lovely old fashioned cottage appearance.

 

16 thoughts on “An Extra-Ordinary Day Out Calls For Sandwiches

  1. I’m not Cof E ( I’m not anything) but I’m with them on this one. ‘Mothering Sunday’ brings with it memories of older simpler times, when this day wasn’t simply an excuse for commercialism. I always discouraged my children from buying anything. If they couldn’t make or pick me something, I didn’t want to know! I’m a hard woman. All the same, your husband’s hyacinths sound spot on, especailly as they’re blooming for you this year, even in his absence.

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    1. Oh no Margaret we had cupboards full of things they made that we’d helped with and with five kids we wanted a break, we wanted proper gifts even if we ended up paying for them ourselves, which we usually did!

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    2. Margaret, I’ve inserted at the bottom of the post a photo of one of the gifts from today, given by one of my girls, one I think you’ll approve of. The flowers are in oasis in a pretty jug. A perfect gift.

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  2. gc

    Delightful post Sue!!

    I like Sophie’s attitude. It is off beat, witty and also practical.

    These days a land burial is expensive and totally artificial.

    A burial at sea at least allows the fishes to honor your remains by feasting on them ( a kind of human sandwich without the bread).

    I thin it is totally normal to pack a picnic lunch when visiting a family members grave site. It could be an event and not a quick jaunt to the site.

    I would enjoy those small sandwiches with the crusts cut off and some Earl Grey tea and no cream.

    As far as you are concerned Sue Happy Mothering Day.!!!

    Enjoy the day and the sandwiches. 🙂

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    1. Ha ha , Very funny. My grandma’s cemetery is over the other side of the city and Sophie’s never been over there, it will be an experience. And we’ve got to find the grave first, it’s a long time since I was over there. However, I do have a grave number.

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      1. gc

        I meant no disrespect. I thought the picnic idea was a good idea. My father passed away when I was nine years old and we visited his grave often to bring flowers, pray and visit for a while. Having something to eat and drink would have “normalized” the process for me. A child’s grieving process is different than an adult’s.

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      2. Oh my goodness no offence taken, I know you didn’t mean disrespect, why would you think that? I’ll send you a link to another cemetery visit including two of my grandsons

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