Miriam Jones is an early childhood teacher, writer and musician living and working on Wangal land. Her work has been published academically as well as in The Suburban Review and Overland, and she was the 2018 essay winner of Overland’s Fair Australia Prize.
All essays by Miriam Jones
Show Me Love
One of my main self-appointed tasks was tidying Mum’s room, a perpetual mess filled with sewing material and teaching resources and our school newsletters from kindergarten. I told myself I wanted her to be able to use the room now that she finally had time. I oscillated between my own rubric for what to keep and what to throw out and what I supposed Mum’s rubric to be. Sometimes Mum would stand watching me, rescuing the papers I put in a recycling pile. Turns out I wasn’t practising care or spending time with Mum; I was further wresting control away from her. Eventually I shut the door and left the room only slightly less messy than before.