Even when she is only gone to the shops for 5 minutes I miss her. My big sister told me that every time she had a baby she would have to go away to hospital for a few days but she always came back.
I asked mammy one day if she was getting anymore babies and she said no but that I wasn’t to tell Da. I thought Da would know already; but anyway, I didn’t tell him.
Her name is Annie and before she was married she was Annie Murphy. She has 3 brothers and 3 sisters just like me. One of her brothers did something bold and now he lives in England but we’re not allowed to talk about him or Granny Murphy starts to cry.
Sometimes in the mornings my mam is really tired and she is in bad humour. When she gives me a kiss to go to school I can smell something funny but I don’t say anything about it. By the time I get back from school she is always happy and when Jim goes out to play we have an hour on our own together before she goes to work. She works in a factory that puts drinks into bottles. Not nice drinks like orange and red lemonade; drinks that you buy in a pub.
When my mammy was young she used to sew. That’s what she did as a job. She made dresses and fixed men’s trousers when they were too long. She wears lovely dresses and when she is going out to a party she always has nice hair and wears lipstick. She let me put her lipstick on one day but Da saw it and shouted at me to go and wash my face. Mam said when I’m older she will let me put some of her nail varnish on.
Before me, she had twin boys who died the day they were born. They are not in a grave tho. I don’t know why, cos my two granddads are in a grave. Mammy said that they don’t put little babies in the graveyard with other people and my big sister said I’m not to ask mam about it again cos it makes her sad.
Mammy told me a big secret a while ago. She said that she knows their names. Everyone thinks the twins had no names but she told me they are called Anthony after St. Anthony and Vincent after St. Vincent de Paul. She said it is a really big secret but she wanted me to know, so that I would pray for them.
The day she told me she gave me a big hug. She was crying and she whispered in my ear,
Lizzy, never forger that you really have 5 big brothers and two of them are in Heaven.
I want to be just like her when I grow up cos she is beautiful and lovely.
If this is your first visit to Lizzy’s story and you want to know who she is and where she came from you can read A is for About a girl…