We’re counting down from 20 to 1, the most popular posts on Mamamia in 2012 and coming in at number 15 is this heart wrenching post from writer Lucy Ormonde.
We were shocked by how many readers related to Lucy’s loneliness after reading this post and so gratified by those who reached out to Lucy and others in friendship.
Here at Mamamia Headquarters, we’ve also seen what a difference a few months can make. Lucy is happier than we’ve ever seen her, well settled into life in Sydney and a joy to have in the office.
“Everyone on my speed dial list lives in another state”, by LUCY ORMONDE
About a month ago I was alone. And I was struggling.
I found out I needed to have a small operation on my back, and when I couldn’t get an appointment in Sydney (where I live) I decided to travel back to Melbourne (where I’m from.) I’ll usually use any excuse to get back to my ‘hood, but this time it made sense – mum would be able to drive me to and from the appointment and the clinic I’d go to already had my records on file.
The operation itself was no big deal. I’d never had anything cut into me before, but it was over in less than an hour and in the nurse’s own words, I was “almost too relaxed”.
I spent the next couple of days hanging out at Mum’s place, lying on my stomach with the TV remote, a stack of books and my laptop within reach. Mum fussed over me (like all mothers do).
My besties dropped in for cups of tea and made the most of a rare succession of days where there were no distractions, no people to meet and no places to be. For a moment it felt like I was 10 years old again and home from school with tonsillitis; a mix of vulnerability and comfort all at once.