Thursday 8 December 2016

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

Miriam O'Callaghan

Published 05/06/2016 | 02:30

Across the country you will hear the collected sigh of relief next week as children go back to school
Across the country you will hear the collected sigh of relief next week as children go back to school

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.

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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.

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