My friend and colleague Jenny Leigh Hodgins has started podcasting. In this piece below she stands side by side with her mother, looking mortality square in the face as the Kentucky storms rage around them.
It is so good to hear a voice from a carer (other than the ubiquitous ‘mummy blogs’). Caring is a life so often unheard. Yet carers are a thread throughout the fabric of every town and village, in every country on the planet, that if pulled out would lead to society’s unravelling.
It is usually a female perspective. And it is an existence governed ultimately by the natural rhythms of life, no matter what else you squeeze in around it, and by quiet perseverance, and by finding the light inside people, including yourself.
I was privileged a few years ago to act as a musical transcriber and arranger for a carer with no musical training who wrote songs, Linda Bailey. She died rather suddenly of lung cancer, but the glimpse into her life altered my perceptions of what it is to be a person. She was forced to find resources she didn’t know she had, and wrote about finding the light inside herself that helped her carry on.
I’m really grateful to Jenny for sharing where she is. Her thoughtful writing and lovely reading made me slow down and really listen. A window into a mind and a life, right now, in its own present. Also, I’d heard her piano music before, but I think the gentle, reflective tone fits this material perfectly.