Friday 9 December 2016

I could feel my late mother telling me it was now time to get her house in order

Published 18/04/2016 | 02:30

Billy Keane. Photo: Mark Condren
Billy Keane. Photo: Mark Condren

The hair brush has been in the same place, on the shelf in the bathroom, since my mother died. For some reason I didn't see the brush even though it was right there in front of me. My mother had a fine head of thick hair right up until the day she died on the 15th of August last.

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I saw her hair tangled up in the brush in the bathroom and the sadness started in my heart and from there the flow went all over my body, until I was rooted to the spot.

Upstairs over the pub where we lived is empty and a house, like people, needs company and minding. There was a leak in the sitting room from all the rain and a long brown stain from the chimney runs down along the white wallpaper to the mantelpiece. I was very upset. This wouldn't have happened if the upstairs was still lived in. But I should have taken more care of our old family home.

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