Yo. Sup Mom

Abby on Mother's Day

Spring morning, Vashon Island, WA
Spring morning, Vashon Island, WA with view of Mt. Rainier

A perfect spring morning, the water smooth, teal silk. The mountain shows its shy face, both miniature and overwhelming at once. Tea on the deck in the sun after a cold, blustery, soggy Seattle week. The mothers are called one by one. The boy arrives in boxers, bed headed and sleepy eyed, to hand me a note, part hand printed, part typed as I am on the phone to my own mother, so that I read it aloud. It begins with a “yo sup mom,” and ends with “peace out hommie,” that has us all laughing across 3,000 miles.

The moment appears tonight through email, richer in colour and warmth than I would have imagined. It seems impossible to think that there was a day when I thought I would be blind to colour forever. But this moment is captured, reflected in the lens of one who sees it all.

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  1. Mary Kuijt May 22, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Dear Abigail, I’m Mary from Mauritius, out in the Indian Ocean. Loved your book The Alchemy…. I wanted to congratulate you on a fine piece of work and also to thank you for feeling like a friend talking to me as I lay with my book. My husband is in the late stages of lung cancer and I have 2 kids 6 and 8 years old. I felt that your book helped me down my little but long road towards grief and will surely stand me in good stead for what is to come.

    Also love your blog Yo,sup mom and admire your parenting skills through thick and thin. WELL DONE fond wishes from afar, Mary Kuijt

  2. Abigail - Site Author May 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm


    Thank you so much for your comment. Imagine my book being read in Mauritius! Who would have guessed? I cannot tell you how glad I am that you have found my book and how pleased I am that it has helped/is helping you in your journey.
    I hope it continues to offer comfort for the times ahead.
    Its a crazy journey, this life thing… Wishing you the best,

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