My Little Irish Oracle. A Tribute To a Magical Lady This Christmas.

Tipperary Ireland Where Mrs. M was born
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Not Mrs M. But Identical To Her!

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its this time of year that I remember her. It always makes me smile.

With the dark cold winters and the light going down really fast, I can still see myself trotting across the road, scooting up the alley and then going around the corner to knock on number 5.

The house would always be lit up, like a beacon to draw in the lost and lonely. I know it sounds poetic but that's just how I saw it.

I would wait a few minutes, then a little white haired Irish lady would open the door.

'Nell' she used to cry, 'Come on in, get warm, its cold out there so it is'.And she would lead me into her lovely front room. 'Do ya want a cuppa tea now?' She would ask, and I would nod, and say yes please.

'Well now' she would saying, huffing and puffing herself back into her cozy armchair, 'Off you go and make it, and while you are there get the biscuit tin down and don't forget to get me a tea, hot, not too much milk and lots of sugar, to be sure!' With a twinkle in her eye I was made welcome once again.

Oh we laughed, in fact we used to laugh so much she would cry. She was only tiny, and she would rock back and forward until she had to hold her sides.

'Oh get on with ya'! She used to say, when she didn't believe a word I was saying!

Her little face would glow in the firelight.

She was my best friends mother, and my little Oracle. Why the Oracle? Because she used to say 'Don't ya worry, there's a loverly guy out there for ya, I can see it in my minds eye, and feel it in my bones'!

The lights would be shining in the corners of the room, and the Irish music on the radio would be on in the background playing songs such as 'Carrigfergus' and 'The Hills of Connemara'.

The rhythm would invade my body, and all the stress that I was feeling slowly slipped away as we began to talk.


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How did I come to meet this lovely lady? Well, she was my friends mother. Annie had moved away with her new husband, and the other three sisters were scattered all over England.

Most of Mrs. Ms, as I liked to call her, family were in Tipperary Ireland. So I was the nearest to her in the fact that we lived in the same town. Just down the road in fact.


Of course I didn't start going round there to see her in the first place. I only went round to see Annie before she moved away.

But somehow Mrs. M would always manage to sneak into our conversations. We would sit at the table and chat, and next second Mrs. M would be there, pulling up a chair and asking. 'So, what are we going to talk about? Now Nell, have you got yourself a nice young man again'?

And she would screw her mouth up to stop herself from laughing. Annie would nudge her and say, 'Ah Mam will you go away and let us talk?' But she laugh and say 'No, I am not missing all the fun'. Then shuffle in her chair to make herself comfortable.

After that I somehow got asked to go round when Annie wasn't there. With words such as 'Now then, I need to put up those curtains so I do, now where can I get someone to help me?'


This was said with a twinkle in her eye while trying not to look at me. So I of course volunteered.

And that was, as they say, that!

Very similar to Mrs M. Front room
Very similar to Mrs M. Front room | Source

So the scene was set for at least 15 years of sitting and chatting, working out problems, laughing as we put up curtains and cleaned her kitchen.

Sometimes her grandchildren would be there, other times it was just me, Mrs. M and Annie.


But it was magical. She was like a little Irish Oracle Pixie. Small, white haired and with a huge smile.

At Christmas time she would always put up the tree in the corner of the room, and carols would be singing out. She was Catholic, and there were pictures of Jesus on the walls, and Bibles left on the coffee table.

We used to chat about religion. She was fascinated by my beliefs, and me, hers. But we never argued. It was our opinions and we both respected them.

At Christmas she always bought me a card and gave me some money. I would protest but she would say, ' Oh don't be a daftie, you are my fifth daughter, adopted so you are'! Then burst out laughing.

Her Passing.

Sadly at 83 years old she couldn't last much longer, and back early last year she passed on. I was really sad, but glad that I had met her, she really brightened up my life.

I was a bit sad to hear of her passing through a text message!

Her eldest daughter just told me she had gone and they would call me after it was all over.

I have never heard a word from them since.

But I don't care. For a while Mrs. M was part of my life and I thank her so much for it. I can still hear her lovely Irish lilt and her tinkling laughter.

'Get away with ya, ya soppy thing so ya are'.

Bless you Mrs. M.


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cfin 2 years ago from The World we live in

Such a typical woman of her generation and something we miss so dearly. This reminds me of my great grandmother. What a wonderful lady she was. She passed away a few years ago at 98. Always welcoming, always warm, fun, open minded and sweet. It's sad to see that those we adored becoming part of history but they will always be a part of us.

In between my work and technological play time, I often just sit with a cup of tea, maybe read a book or some poetry. I have explained to my wife of the "feeling" of these people and the brightness they brought to everyone's life. And I think she is starting to understand. When we sit, tea in hand and just relax, we always end up chatting, joking about life and times past. Light of heart and blessed, RIP Mrs M.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

What a delightful story and person to have in your life. Should we all have a Mrs. or Ms. M in our lives. I so enjoyed reading this, Nell. Well done!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a beautiful story, Nell! I love stories like this of ordinary people wo have such an impact on our lives. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face this Wednesday morn'


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

So beautiful, Nell, I bet you were much comfort to her and you will have the memories always, that is the good thing. Up and sharing!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi cfin, yes its something that you can't quite put a finger on so to speak even when you are trying to explain them, they were wonderful, and Mrs M will always be in my heart, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi suzette, thanks so much, yes I really miss her, thanks!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi billy, thanks so much, yes I was thinking about her today, it always reminds me of her this time of year, glad you liked it, and thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Jackie, we had a lot of fun and laughter together, I will definitely miss her, thanks Jackie.


Molly Meadows 2 years ago

She sounds like she was a lovely person, Nell. Maybe one day you'll be able to pay it forward and be a "Mrs. M" to your own "Nell Rose!"


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Lol! you never know, I may well be! Thanks so much Molly, glad you liked it, nell


Sueswan 2 years ago

Bless Mrs M. What a beautiful friendship the two of you shared .

Voted up +++ and sharing


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much Sue, yes she was a lovely lady, her age totally got swept away when we were laughing so hard, she was mentally years younger, glad you liked it, and thanks.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Beautiful tribute hub Nell, to an obviously lovely lady ho had a big impact on your life. Wonderful Irish music too. Voted up.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Folks like Mrs M stay around in our hearts forever. You are blessed to have had her in your life. Such an interesting read; you're a good story teller.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

What a wonderful way to give tribute to this magical lady, who had a big impact on your life!

This was very interesting indeed. Thanks for sharing this engaging hub!


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torrilynn 2 years ago

This was a touching tribute to such a lovely lady. Sorry for your loss. Best of Wishes Nell and Happy Holidays!


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Beautiful, Nell-- the story was beautiful on its own, but so is the way you tell it. you paint the picture, I could see it in my mind. It got me thinking of someone in my own past. Ms M sounds like such a lovely lady, what a blessing to have someone like that in your life. This is an awesome tribute.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

Nell, This is such a beautiful story. A saying came to mind when I was reading this story about this precious lady, which is sometime we are entertaining angels unaware. the memories of those precious times are your treasure.


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

How lonely she would have been without your friendship! She must have been very grateful that she had you in her life. To have had her love and care in your life was a special blessing for you, as well.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

What a beautiful tribute to someone who obviously made a mark on your life, Nell. She has left behind a remarkable legacy. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.


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christopheranton 2 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

A beautiful story and a lovely lady. Thanks for sharing it Nell and have a happy Christmas.


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Radcliff 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

*Tears* What a beautiful story of a beautiful friendship. Thanks so much for sharing.


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DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

Lovely story. By the way, if I wished to be in "Carrickfergus", I would only need to take a 10 minute train journey and would be there! LOL Lovely version of that song.

It's great to have memories of someone like that, so glad you were able to meet her and I am sure that you brightened her day too.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A beautifully thought of hub and you have shared a wonderful friendship written in the perfect way.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Oh Nell-she sounds so wonderful and I love the Irish phrases she used. Sounds like you two were kindred spirits. So glad you had each other. May she rest in peace and may your memories of her bring you happiness. Love Linda


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Aw...what a delightful hub of such a dear lady in your life. Life is much sweeter when we have those such as she in our lives! Up and more and sharing. Blessings, Faith Reaper


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love the way you wrote this, using her Irish lingo.I wish she had been in my neighborhood. Sweet lady indeed. Thank you Nell....


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much Jodah yes she was a very special lady, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

MsDora thanks so much, I could just 'hear' her in my mind, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi ChitrangadaSharan, thank you so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much torrilynn, have a wonderful Christmas too, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Wiccan, she was a true blessing thank you, I still miss her, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Pamela, yes you may well be right there, she certainly had an aura about her, thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi RTalloni, I think she enjoyed my company thank you, I know I loved visiting her, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Bravewarrior, she certainly has, thank you so much, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Christopher, long time no see! lol! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Radcliff, thanks so much, she was a lovely friend, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Dreamer, LOL! now that's funny! I used to joke with her about Tipperary being, 'A long way...!' she used to laugh her head off!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi DDE, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Minnetonka, I think we were kindred Spirits, its amazing with the age gap just how well we got on, but that's what was so special about her, thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Faith, yes it certainly is, and thanks so much for reading, have a wonderful Christmas!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Ruby, she was really sweet, I loved her to bits! lol! thanks as always, nell


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My Cook Book 2 years ago from India

Good hub, well written tribute. Voted UP and beautiful.


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

What a lovely tribute article, Nell. You wrote so clearly about her I almost feel like I knew her myself! I think you were so fortunate to know such a lively and sweet woman.


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agusfanani 2 years ago from Indonesia

A touching story, may your oracle rest in peace.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a lovely tribute to Mrs. M., Nell. She sounds like a truly lovely lady and a great friend. I'm sorry that you've lost her.


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bac2basics 2 years ago from Spain

Hi Nell.

What a lovely tribute to Mrs M, she obviously meant a great deal to you and you must miss her so much. Loved the chieftain and corrs video too.

Good to see you on HP again Nell, it´s been a long time. Seasons greetings to you and yours and a happy 2014 :)


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi anne, great to see you, and I hope you have a great Christmas too, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks Alicia, yes she was a lovely lady, have a wonderful Xmas!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

HI agusfanani, thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi beth. she was so lovely I am so glad I met her, thanks so much and have an a wonderful Christmas, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Cook Book,thanks so much, nell


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida

What a sweet, touching tribute to your oracle, Mrs. M, this is, Nell. Your description of your times together is so realistic I swear I can see her in my mind's eye chatting with you and hearing her call you 'soppy.' :)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

The Tipperary, Ireland photo is lovely, as is the likeness of the lady in the Wiki common photo to your dear, beloved pixie, Mrs. M. How wonderful that she was in your life…what a beautiful gift, Nell. I wish there were more people like her in this world. I enjoyed the videos, too! Thank you, Nell, for sharing her with us, and for this moving tribute.


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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

What a delightful word portrait of a lovely, fun-loving lady! I think that both you and Mrs. M were blessed to have each other in your lives. Good friends need not be contemporaries. Enjoying each other's company does not depend on an age group. It's wonderful that you can remember her so lovingly, but sad that her family didn't notify you of her passing properly--as a close friend should be.

Voted Up, Awesome and Beautiful

Jaye


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

What precious memories you have of Mrs. M, Nell. Thank you for sharing this lovely lady with your memories of her.


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William F. Torpey 2 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Very nice.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful stories and I am glad to know this from you. Nell, May the light of Christmas that comes, wipe all the darkness and sadness away, and bringing joy, hope, love and happiness. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Prasetio


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much prasetio, its always lovely to see you, and I hope you have a wonderful new year too, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks William, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks Phyllis, yes she was a wonderful lady, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Jaye, thanks so much, yes we were definitely good friends and blessed with each others company, I still do miss her, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Genna, thanks so much for reading, have a wonderful Christmas! nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

lol! yes she was a great character drbj, I am glad you liked it, nell


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

This story put a smile on my face. Mrs. M is a wonderful person, and maybe, just maybe, she is not completely gone from her family's lives.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Deb, I hope so, she was a lovely person, thanks so much and have a wonderful Christmas, nell


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Nell, what a beautiful tribute to a dear friend! I'm often amazed by the special people we encounter on this journey, they touch our lives and lives on in our hearts.

You and Mrs M both found something very precious in each other, The world needs more of it. A wonderful read.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi tobusiness, thanks so much, yes she was a very special lady, I do still miss her, thanks!


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WriterJanis 2 years ago from California

What a touching and wonderful tribute to such an important woman in your life.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Janis, thanks so much for reading, yes she was really lovely, I still really miss her, thanks!


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A brilliant read as always Nell; voted up, shared and here's to wishing you a great day.

Eddy.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks Eddy, yes she was an amazing lady, glad you liked it and thanks so much, have a wonderful evening, nell


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Thelma Alberts 17 months ago from Germany

What a beautiful tribute to your lovely Irish friend Nell. I could relate how it was as I came across to this beautiful friendship while living in Ireland for a few years. Have a great day!


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Nell Rose 17 months ago from England Author

Hi Thelma, yes she was so adorable, I really miss her, I didn't realise that you had lived in Ireland? thanks as always, nell


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Besarien 8 months ago

May she rest in peace knowing she is so fondly remembered. Your story of Mrs. M reminded me of the people who were kind to me when I was little some of whom became true friends as I grew up and now live on in my memories. A loving heart is part of the true magic of the world. Thank you for sharing a little bit of Irish magic with people far away! I realize you wrote this for Christmas two years ago but it is timeless and was a real treat to find today.


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Nell Rose 8 months ago from England Author

Thanks Besarien, yes I do miss her she was a lovely little lady, thanks for stopping by again, always great to see you! nell

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