This one’s for Jeanne: In praise of a thoroughbred mother


Meat Loaf

 

If Jeanne had been a racehorse she would have commanded a hefty breeding price. My mother was sired by an Australian cricket captain and she then produced two of that breed and a third son, Trevor, who also wore the baggy green cap.

 

Meat Loaf might have been happy with two out of three, but not Jeanne. All the same, she wouldn’t be impressed by me saying she was worthy of a high fee. She was happiest with family and friends around her, having a good time. You know your mother loves you when she admits: “If any of you three boys ever commit a murder I’ll still stick by you.”

 

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