Talofa Samoa

Calendars mark the passing of time. They mark special days and events on the horizon. There is a calendar on the wall in Clea’s room.

This calendar is from Samoa. Each month, as with all calendars, the images change. This one shows images of Samoa; each image a picture of paradise. I’m not sure who gave Clea the calendar; it could have been her grandparents after a trip to Samoa, or it could have been her aunt who once lived in Samoa.

Clea, like her mother, was meticulous with dates and lists. She would make lists of things to do or pretend she was a teacher and mark off the names on her class list. She would remember birthdays and mark them on the calendar. She would tick the days as they passed. This is her first calendar.

Relaxing poolside Le Vasa Resort

Marked are the birthdays of Clea, Claydon, Marcel, Morgan, Javi, Chuchi (her soft toy dog) and Curtis, as is a visit by Grandma and Pa. All the days have been ticked.

Local fishermen at peak hour

Marked are the birthdays of Jason and Peta as is the first day of school. All the days have been ticked.

Preparing Umu at Namua Island

Lachlan’s birthday is marked and all the days have been ticked sometimes in blue pen and sometimes in yellow highlighter.

Nuusafee Island

The birthdays of Jenna and Tim are marked as are the school holidays. Papa went to Spain during the holidays. We went to the movies, Leila’s house and to Grandma and Pa’s house. All the days have been ticked.

Apia Harbour

Papa returned from Spain and Clea made a note to make her craft bag pretty. All the days have been ticked and a flower drawn on 28 May.

Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

The birthdays of Jordi, Omar, Brody, Fiona, Anthea and Carolyn are marked as is when lunch orders were bought. All the days are ticked in either green or orange or purple highlighter.

Aggie Greys Resort & Spa

The birthdays of Brigitte, Paige, Max, Mummy and Bailey are marked. All the days have been ticked.

Mena Designs at Saleapaga

The birthdays of Bronwyn, Grandma, Pa, James, Binta and Papa are marked. The names Adam, James and Judah are written on the image. All the days have been marked.

Fautasi (men rowing a large red and white boat across Apia Harbour)

Marked are the birthdays of Rhys, Mayca and Marisol. Also marked is Mel’s birthday who I think was one of the carers at After School Care. And Clea has marked the birthday of a boy in her class (Ethan) and of a father of one of her friends (Ruby’s father, Ross). Ethan’s and Ross’ birthdays fell on the day of a school excursion (although I can’t quite make out Clea’s spelling of that word) – 24 September 2009; Clea’s last day of school.

The day we left for Samoa is marked (25 September 2009) and the school holidays are marked. Clea liked to be organised so she had ticked all the days of September. Clea did not live to see all the days of September. Clea died on 29 September 2009.

Dusk in Apia Township

The days until 4 October have been ticked – the end of the first week of school holidays. There are also pictures drawn on 2 October, the day we were to return from Samoa, as well as 8 October, which I’m not sure has any particular reason for being on that day.

Clea did not get to the end of her holidays. She was not alive in October 2009. She was buried on 9 October 2009, the last day of the school holidays.

Fuipisia Waterfall

The birthdays of Carla and Yaya are marked. No days have been ticked.

Sunset looking towards Nuusafee Island

The birthdays of Charlie, Jackson, Paco and Frank are marked as is Christmas Day. No days have been ticked.

The calendar remains open on September 2009 hanging on the purple wall held with a pink tack.

About huntersoledad

Mother of three. Bereaved mother of one. Survivor and victim of 2009 Samoan tsunami. Could be if would be writer.
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