Mamma I love you!

Happy Mothers Day from bijou kaleidoscope 2008
Happy Mothers Day from bijou kaleidoscope 2008

Happy Mothers Day from bijou kaleidoscope 2008

*from my vintage orange Litton typewriter

I type very fast. About 88 wpm. 90% accuracy. Do I credit myself for that? Was i due to long hours on the computer chatting or surfing or blogging?

No. Twas my mum.

From the age of 12 till about 16. I had typing lessons at home, on a vintage typewriter, MUCH older than my Litton above. This was the chunky, press down hard on keys and tap with all your strength type. The ones so heavy they needed an industrial metal desk to perch on. I was not allowed to see the paper in the roller, much less the keyboard. My eyes had to be trained on the paper I was typing from at all times. Later on, she would dictate to me a speech (I have a dream was popular) at only slightly slower pace than normal. Again, my eyes had to be trained on her, rather than the line on the paper or the keyboard.

So I type as I do, because mum gave me the skills, time and tenacity to learn, conquer and master.

As she has many other things. Perseverance is mum’s middle name. In the face of hardship most of her life, she kept going. She also taught me about true love. True love does not come with fireworks, roses and diamonds.
It comes with “despite”, i.e. forgiveness, acceptance, challenges and belief.

I salute you mum. Happy Mother’s Day.



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    11 May 2008

    Where did you end up finding the ribbon? :)Sue

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    12 May 2008

    i didn’t ;)

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    la la Lovely

    12 May 2008

    What a fabulous picture! The letter/typewriter is brilliant and I LOVE how you’ve used tea cups as a votive holders (I’m so going to do that). You’re site is great (love the pics of your desk a few posts back). I’d love to add you to my blogroll!Happy Mother’s Day!Trina

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    12 May 2008

    thanks Trina, I’d be so honoured to be added to your blogroll. i must check out yours!yeah i LOVE using some of my teacup collections as votive holders. italian, french and german vintage ones are great because they’ve got a translucency about their china :)

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    Jennifer Ramos

    12 May 2008

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    14 May 2008

    thanks jen :) hope you had a good MOther’s Day with your mum!

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    12 July 2008

    A bit late reading this, but lovely blog, I will be adding you to my nifty sidebar. I had to give kudos on the mom bit, it’s making me sniffle a bit. So sweet. :)

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    24 July 2008

    thanks lokis_mistress! Mothers are great people :) been having my mum-in-law around this last week and she’s leaving tonight and i’m really bummed. having her around was the best.


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