A letter to my darling girl: Grab life, live it and love it
In a letter to her daughter from 'beyond the grave', Miriam O'Callaghan shares the life lessons she's learned so far
If you are reading this I am dead, set fire to in a field - you know the one - with rosemary for remembrance, juniper for gin. Or, I am in solitary confinement. The exquisite depravity of my crime against the one who harmed you, gifting me a private electric island until my heart's electrics fail.
If I am dead, know that every day, your existence made me relentlessly happy. You were living proof that gods might exist. On the off-chance, I thanked them extravagantly for the gift of you.
If I am an outcast, remember in the first seconds of your life, I knew I would die for you. That I would kill for you, took around a minute. The realisation all the more disturbing since I accepted it so undisturbed.