MumI thought it would be good to get together a few photos of my Mum, Cris, who unfortunately passed away 5 years ago, almost to the day. Sadly Mum didn’t like having her picture taken and so there are not that many photos of her, especially after my brother and I had grown up.

There are a few things I have been putting off subconsciously for a while now. However, I feel that looking back helps me deal with the grief. There were lots of boxes of Mum’s things in the garage and I have only recently started to go through them. In some of those boxes were some old photos which gave me the idea for this post. I am now able to look back with a smile on my face instead of tears in my eyes…

Mum meant the world to me. We were very close and we were always in contact even when I was on the other side of the world. Dealing with a loss like that is pretty tough and you come out the other side a slightly different person. I wrote a post a little while ago about some of the effects of grief and looking back I think this was when I realised that I was getting over the worst of it. I think that is why I am so determined to make the most of the time I have…

Growing Up

The photo at the top of this post was Mum at school, and here are a few more of her younger years:
An Early ChristmasI am guessing this is around Christmas time judging by the table decorations.
HolidayHere she is on holiday somewhere…
Mum and the dogMum playing with the family dog, Poochie.

Mum & Dad

Here are a few photos of Mum when she first got together with my Dad:
Mum & DadI don’t know what the occasion was but they both seem quite dressed up…
Mum & DadThis one seems a bit more casual…
Wedding DayAnd here is mum on her wedding day. I am so glad I came across this photo…

Children

The next chapter in her life was Me. And of course my brother, Terry…
Mum pregnant with meHere is Mum pregnant with me.
My ChristeningThis is at my Christening, with my God parents.
Mum & MeThis is a fairly early photo of Mum and me.
WatchetHere’s a photo of all three of us down the road at Watchet. I can’t get over how skinny I was…
GraduationI just came across this one of Mum at my graduation so I thought I would add it in.

Later On

As I mentioned earlier there are not many photos of Mum’s later life as she was very camera shy but here are a few that I found:
Mum opening a presentI can’t remember the exact occasion but I do remember the smile Mum always seemed to have…
Lake DistrictAfter I got back from travelling the world I took Mum away for a few days up to the Lake District to unwind.
Mum & ShaunHere she is with my grandson Callum quite soon after he was born.
Mum, Me & NanThis was taken down at Ilfracombe. It covers three generations with me, my mum and her mother.

Images: © Various Family & Friends

6 comments

Shirl

The photo’s are as usual excellent your Mum was a very wonderful woman you and Terry are a real credit to her.As far as Mother-in-Laws go she was the absolute best.R.I.P Chrissy love you lot’s

    Pete O'Shea

    Thanks gorgeous, I do not know what I would have done without your support…

Gary

I agree with Shirley. Wonderful woman, wonderful mum. Always remember her smile! Don’t know how she put up with us all staying at your house most weekends (and my visits to the big white telephone at the top of the stairs!)

    Pete O'Shea

    Hi Gary,

    Ha ha, I remember you always turning green after a big night out and spending the rest of the night in the toilet while the rest of has had a drunken chat with mum…

    Cheers for the memory…

lianne

hey pete the photos are lovely your mom was a very beautifull lady x she would be sooooo proud of you guys ! also all blogs really good , get you ! love you !

    Pete O'Shea

    Hi Lianne,

    Thanks for the comments about Mum. It’s great to know you are reading the things I write. Have you checked out all the photo posts? You might want to check out the gallery tag.

    Love you too,
    Pete

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