I loved to spoil him, I loved to be his wife, it was one of the most fulfilling tasks life ever asked of me.
I am sad not to be able to be his wife anymore, but I am grateful for the few years we were given.
He treated me well; he always put my and others' well-being before his own - to a fault; he shouldered the loads life and, indeed, others unfairly put on him; he never blamed me or others for his faults; his dearest wish was to be a decent human being. He showed me, by living them, the qualities it takes to make a true man. I am so very lucky that he shared himself with me to the extent that he did.
All photos are taken by me, with the exception of the photo of Norman at the Ecca reading, which was taken by Lara Kirsten.
|3.10.2012 Norman on his 63rd birthday. Picnic in the Arboretum, Hogsback.|
|3.10.2012 At The Bluff, The Edge, Hogsback, with his friend John van Wyngaard|
|3.10.213 Norman at 64, a wild joyride with me on the back of 'The Red Devil' on the contour path of Hog 1. |
As far as I know, this was his favourite photo of himself.
A deeply unspoiled man suspicious of too much comfort, Norman enjoyed the cultural wealth I brought into his life.
|3.10.2014 Norman reads from 'This Questioning Terrain', the then newest Ecca Poets book. The Rose Theatre, Hogsback.|
|3.10.2015 Norman on his 66th birthday|
|3.10.2015 He loves his shirt. Birthday dinner at The Edge Restaurant, Hogsback.|
To be herself
You painted a splendid Sunbird
on a shirt
- made me cakes,
laid out a sumptuous picnic under a tree;
you're standing me dinner
with fine champagne and crisp beer:
- that you celebrate
with all the radiance of giving
your joyous heart
- Norman Morrissey, 3/10/2015
Norman on his 67th with the shirt that marked the launch of the Ecca book that year, 'Gold in Spring'.