John Higgins has had people around the country shedding a tear at his memories about his Mother in Seasons Mother’s Day video, but this journalist – now video star – has shared with us a few more memories that made his mum so special.
John, now 86, had a fulfilling career as a print journalist for AAP and credits his mother Violet May Higgins for putting him on the path for his successful and rewarding career.
John is still writing and is well known in the Seasons Waterford West community for the click-clack of his typewriter drifting from his open door and his role in writing and collating the community newsletter.
John lived with his Mum until his late 30s at Cochrane St, Red Hill. The cottage is still there today and was originally built by Johns’ father and brother out of bush timber.
John remembers his mother as the fierce protector of the family.
“She was no-nonsense, compassionate, an inveterate worrier, generous, hard-working, meticulously clean, fastidious, defensive of her brood and her husband – a fighter for their rights,” says John.
“She was a great cook, a thorough keeper of the household, a watcher in the night, she was educated and enlightened on the old lines, indulged no foolish illusions and had faith that things would come all right under these simple guidelines.”
John’s many memories of his mum reveal a picture of a brave and strong woman.
“My best memories of her would fill an encyclopaedia: her ministrations when I was sick, her courage when my father died, her willing slavery to support the family in hard times, her strong stance in a crisis and her implacable enmity towards perpetrators of any offence to her family. In old age, I remember her ‘strength’ in her weakness and her beautiful reliance on, and faith in, me in her last days.”
When asked what he’ll never forget about his mother, John says it was her quiet, unobtrusive way of passing on the best lessons a son could learn in life and always putting her family first.
“I will never forget her forgiveness of my errors, of which there were many. Did I ever thank her for this? Another of my errors! She showed a strength and force in her character greater than I could muster,” says John.
“Lastly, I’ve never forgotten her crumbed veal cutlets and her famous fluffy sponge cakes!”
To watch the full video and to read more memories from our residents, visit Seasons residents remember their mums.