Of Pirate socks and Blueberries

by frogpondsrock on September 16, 2012

in Distractions galore!,Evelyn,Sadness

I worked in the Off Centre yesterday, Saturday is Salamanca Market day, the cars are banished and replaced with a bustling market. The day was busy and there was a constant stream of people to talk to,who unknowingly kept me sane all day. Thank you people.

Veronica had rung me in the morning to share her latest fears about Evelyn’s health and such is my ability to detach myself that I was able to happily chat away with strangers about Tasmania. We talked about Art and Mona, the weather and the best places to eat, the steady stream of mostly tourists browsing in the shop helped me to ignore the cold block of ice that had somehow lodged itself in my tummy.

During a quiet spell I closed the shop and headed off to find some lunch, I had fifty dollars to see me through until payday and I spent thirty of those dollars on pirate socks and frozen blueberries. Classic case of retail therapy. Blueberries for my breakfast and pirate socks for my soul.

Driving home from work last night  I whispered, “Give me strength, Mum” and I heard mum whisper back, “You don’t need strength Kimmy, you are strong enough.”

And I know that I will have to be.

But in the meantime I will distract myself with my pirate socks, I am wearing them now and I imagine tiny little pirates going aaarrr each time I take a step and I smile at my own silliness.


Kel September 16, 2012 at 10:06 am

you had my curiosity at the title
you had my heart with the content
may the brethren of the sea brandish their swords and help keep fear away

frogpondsrock September 16, 2012 at 10:29 am

Thank you xx

Elephant's Child September 16, 2012 at 10:48 am

Sending hugs. Isn’t it amazing how much strength we gain from a little silliness?

frogpondsrock September 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Or how that bit of silliness is just enough of a distraction to keep us going.

Elephant's Child September 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Whatever works.

Happy Elf Mom September 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I know you have this strength. I just wish you didn’t have to be this strong for everyone. Aaarrrr.

frogpondsrock September 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Thank you C. xxx

Pixie September 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Blueberries and pirate socks sound like perfectly legitimate buys to me in the circumstances.


frogpondsrock September 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Yes, I thought so. :)

Sharon @ Funken Wagnel September 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Just what you needed:) I believe you have the strength to be there for Veronica:)

frogpondsrock September 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I just have to try and NOT drive her up the wall at the same time Sharon. I often offer solutions or ideas for solutions when all Von needs is a sympathetic ear. We both are missing Mum so dreadfully. Mum would offer Veronica the sympathy she needed and then ring me and we would brain storm.

Sharon @ Funken Wagnel September 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Ah well, no one’s perfect, huh? You’re doing your best:) It’s horrible when you’re missing your rock at the same time though:(

river September 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm

That’s a wonderful example of a street market!
So much nicer than the miserable sidewalk sales we have here once or twice a year.
I’m sorry to hear there is no more news regarding Evelyn, I’d hoped they’d find something by now.
Something treatable.

frogpondsrock September 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Salamanca market is a lovely market. We are waiting on the test results to come back River. Some of them will be a couple more weeks yet. It is quite stressful.

Helena September 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

just so long as you eat the blueberries and wear the socks!!

frogpondsrock September 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm


edenland September 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Kim, my thoughts are with you and Veronica – so much. I’m so sorry you all have to go through this, .. and watch Evelyn endure all the tests. Bloody hell it’s just not fair. Really hope you start getting some answers.


frogpondsrock September 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Thanks Eden, <3

Other Fiona September 17, 2012 at 11:53 am

Have been reading Veronica’s blog for a few years now. Just stopping by to say that we’re thinking of your family, and hoping and praying that your news may be good news today.

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