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TITLE (EDIT)
The Hhmmm Efect
DESCRIPTION
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[783 words]
AUTHOR
Sue (Sooz) Simpson
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I'm thirty nine, recently single again. I have two boys Cli' (pronounced clee) Real name Christopher and Mark. I'm a care in the community nurse and formerly (when I was married) an occupational Therapist working with the mentally ill on a secure unit. I love reading and writing and meeting people. I hate offal, seafood and intolerance. I keep dog, cat, polecats, rats and reptiles. And for seven years ran the second largest reptile sanctuary in Britain. Apart from having my lads, I think that's probably the most worthwhile thing I've ever done. Writing wise, I've been the main fiction writer for Legends magazine for three years.And have two books published 'Lizard's Leap' published by Quillusers, and 'Better the Devil You Know' soon to be released by Bestbooks.Um I drive a knackered old Astra, and ride a two litre trike. I live in the lake district of England, and am happy. :-)
[January 2003]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
sooz.006@virgin.net
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (84)
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Agony 2 (Short Stories) Morew from the irrepresible Aunt Nasty (May be deemed offensive). [1,077 words] [Comedy]
Angel Stew (Short Stories) The kitchens are in uproar. [826 words] [Comedy]
Anne (Short Stories) - [707 words]
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Furtive Glances (Short Stories) Always the last to know! [891 words] [Drama]
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Pact Of Joy. (Short Stories) Don't we all just want to be happy? [2,497 words] [Drama]
Play With Me Please. (Short Stories) - [322 words]
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Rush Hour (Short Stories) - [419 words]
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The Hhmmm Efect
Sue (Sooz) Simpson

The Hhmmm effect is anything that makes you go ďHhmmmĒ. We all have them, but only
the truly blessed recognise them, and take time out to indulge in them.

Things that make me go hhmmm --sure thereís a song in there somewhere.

Iíve had a hard day, and the back of my shoulders are aching, to slip inch by inch into a
bath full of water, as hot as you can possibly stand it, now thatís the Hhmmm effect.

To have the time to be able to lie there decadently wallowing in the soft bubbles of the
aromatherapy bubble bath, without a child hopping from one foot to the other outside the
door and shouting ďMuuuum I need the Jig, and I need it NOWĒ.

To glide, naked, between clean, freshly washed, or better still, brand new, crisp, cold
bedding. To be dog-tired, and be the first one to disturb the perfection of the freshly
made bed, to be able to stretch out your arms and legs to find the coldest parts, while you
sink back against the soft pillows.

To know that the days work is complete and doesnít need to be faced for another twelve
hours.

To hear your child read, and to find that he breezes over words that he struggled on the
day before.

To hear him say he loves you.

The first kiss from a potential lover, that leaves you breathless, and yearning a thousand
more to follow. You can only have the one first kiss. Remember the ĎJesus-Christí fireworks?

To take your horse at six am and ride fast and hard, along the deserted beach. To break
the virgin sand with galloping hoof prints. To smell of moist leather and horse sweat.

To stand on a clifftop at four am, and feel the wind blowing away your hurts.

My very favourite hhmm effect thing is but a pleasant memory for me now, which made it
all the more of an Hhmmm Effect, because I knew the feeling was only attainable for a
very short time.

Itís three am, and Iíve been sleeping since nine pm. Iím woken by the grizzling cries of
my two month old Son. Heís just come out of hospital, after two months of special care
baby treatment. Itís so good to have him home. I creep quietly into his nursery, and his
head turns slightly to the light, that washes gently in from the hall. I speak softly to him,
and he stops making his noise to listen, he recognises my voice and smiles. I love his
nursery itís so pretty. Teddy Bear wall paper, and pine bookcases, with a full set of Enid
Blyton books, that were bought earlier for several other babies who decided not to stay in this world.
The shelves are lined with soft toys. A fluffy gradient of gruff looking bulldogs, daddy,
mummy, and baby. Two large gorillas, a multitude of teddies, and rabbits, and cats. All
watching, all guarding, all sharing the moment.

I walk to the cassette player and put on some soft music, very quietly. Beverly Craven,
Crystal Gayle, the Carpenters, something gentle, something soothing.

 You are so warm asI lift you out of your cot. You have the unmistakable smell of clean baby. I
start to sing to you, very softly as I change you, youíre hungry and fractious, but I donít
mind, itís soon done.

Then I take you to the wicker peacock chair that sits between the two bookcases, We
get comfortable you and I, and then I put you to my breast and begin to feed you. It hurts,
but I donít mind.

Iíve never forgotten the feeling of complete and utter peace and contentment, that those
moments gave me. I have never since felt as at ease with my life, as I did for those short
months, feeding you in the early hours of the morning. Yet, you are my serenity. Without
you and your elder brother thereíd be no Hhmmm Effect. Nothing would matter or have
reason. There would be nothing to show, and nothing to teach. One day maybe Iíll ask
you about your Hhmmm Effects. I know you wonít remember the times in the old wicker
chair, but the feeling of my love, flowing from my body and through to yours, will have
given you a hunger for things to make you go Hhmmm. For what is that other than things
that bring comfort and pleasure. When the worlds a scary place we all need somewhere to
retreat to, for me itís the wicker peacock chair, with soft music, ambient surroundings,
and you at my breast, Where do you go my love when the world becomes scary?

 

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"Hhmmm!Very nice Sooz,i really liked the bit about riding the horse on virgin sand smelling leather and sweat,i thought i might cruise through the past pieces to see what i could find and i saw your name,and remembered you had liked a couple of my pieces,which was very appreciated as no one else was interested,but that changed when i wrote Iraq attack,which i would love you to read ,it also has 2 follow ups,which where wrote before the war ,so i leave it up to you to decide weather i was talking sense or not.I will take the time now and again to read the rest of your work,so until you hear from me again,PEACE AND LOVE." -- Stuart Eric Longridge, Belfast.

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December 2002
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