This morning we were enjoying a coffee in our local shopping centre when Andras, one of the first friends we made after arriving in Endeavour Hills, stopped to say hello. We hadn’t seen him for months and later I remarked to Doug that he was one of my favourite people. As we walked back to our car we met Sandy and Kevin and stopped to chat. During our conversation Sandy remarked that a particular piece of music was one of her all time favourites. It seems to me we all have favourites and are often one-eyed about them to the exclusion of everything else.
My mother had favourites in everything. In the first book of my Trilogy ‘ice creams’ she tells of a farthing cone (cornet) reward, being so special to her (page19). When we came to Australia she loved a Crème-between, which was a wafer ice cream. Later her favourite became an Eskimo Pie. When I was expecting Anita in the late sixties she and my father arrived in the little town of Beechworth and took me walking every night. Her idea being that the exercise would hurry things along. On each occasion she bought me a Splice, an Ice cream with a fruity flavoured outside coating, her latest favourite.
As a child Mum’s favourite Hymn was ‘Mothers of Salem’. A children’s hymn based on the gospel account of parents bringing their children to Jesus. (Matthew 19:13) Mum always said she thought she must have liked it because at the time she did not have a mother herself. She had known all the words of her grandmother’s favourite hymn (Charles Wesley’s ‘And Can it be’) since she was three years old. It became her favourite too! In the late fifties with the arrival of Billy Graham to Australia her favourite changed to, ‘How great though Art.’ This continued to be her all time favourite for the next fifty years.
It seemed Mum had favourite Grandchildren; she would secretly tell them all they were her favourite. They did not discover until they were much older that she had shared this same confidentiality with all of them. Maybe it was her way of making them feel special.
Sunday is my Mums birthday so we three housemates will be going out to have coffee and cake to celebrate her. Actually! Sticky-date pudding; one of Mum’s all time favourites.
Mum with her favourite cousin, Jack Edwards