Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Hilary Forrest
2000 words Feel Good Story
Izzie, for all her life treasured by her father, has had an equally difficult relationship with her mother. In their family garden, her father’s favourite tree, the Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow tree, seems to have the power to reflect their changing – blossoming or fading – relationships.
I’m resting in the garden in Pop’s wicker chair, my pallid skin warmed by the afternoon African sun. I’m surrounded by bursts of colour from anthuriums, agapanthus and proteas, though the grass is parched and feeble. It’s only been 3 months since my operation. I feel good, but things could still go wrong. So the medics, and Mom, are keeping a watchful eye on me to make sure there are no setbacks. She’s already called from the kitchen window to make sure I have sunscreen on.