Dad’s funeral

Featured in

  • Published 20140506
  • ISBN: 9781922182258
  • Extent: 264 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

‘CAN I MAKE it?’ a scary thought crosses my mind as the plane climbs away from Sydney into the night’s sky. ‘Your dad is not very well,’ Mum’s voice echoes in my head. She has never said that before and there is something in her voice that is measured and yet unsettling. ‘Are you coming back for work soon?’ she asks over the phone. ‘No, but I’ll be back as soon as I can,’ I assure her.

As a conscientious woman, Mum has tried to shoulder most of the burden Dad’s condition has inflicted on her family. On a July evening in 2000, in the coal-rich city of Taiyuan that overlooks the Yellow River, Dad was attacked by a stroke. It was past midnight when he was rushed into the operating theatre. Mum told First Sister not to call me or Second Sister. ‘Don’t wake them now. There’s nothing they can do from Beijing. Wait until morning.’

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

If you are an educator or student wishing to access content for study purposes please contact us at griffithreview@griffith.edu.au

Share article

More from author

More from this edition

Interview with
Maria Tumarkin

Interview Maria Tumarkin is a cultural historian and the author of three books of ideas: Traumascapes (2005), Courage (2007) and Otherland (2010). She has taught at universities and writing centres, and...

The way things work round here

EssayIN SEPTEMBER 2013, four hundred men and women gathered in the Northern Territory town of Katherine for the Women of the World Festival (WOW)....

When Johnstone’s Circus came to town

PoetryAt an unfashionable seaside resort, no more than a country town that happened to be near salt water, Johnstone's Circus arrived for its annual summer season, though most of...

Stay up to date with the latest, news, articles and special offers from Griffith Review.