Where was his headstone? She said it would be too expensive to put the names of his granddaughters on it. He only had two, and Tori was only four letters. I could pay that.
Memorial, a short memoir by Jo Penney
My father passed 18 years ago, as I was divorcing and becoming the full-time carer of my two-year-old daughter. I’ve had panic disorder since I was six and it seemed money talked in our family. I had little to offer. My mother chose to put it all down the slots, two years later Dad got a headstone. – Jo Penney
Jo Penney has been published in various zines and anthologies. She has a BA and MA from Deakin University in writing and literature. She is currently working on a memoir.
You can find her on Twitter
Memoria is written, produced and presented by Nat V.
Jo Penney’s short story, Memorial, is performed by Melbourne-based actor, Petra Glieson.
Music in this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions, “Mogul”, “Deathly Recitation and “Uneasy”.
Illustrations by Peta Manning. Her book, See Me Doodle, is out now.