'Kiss boys two times after I have gone' On her deathbed, Kate Greene's only concern was for her two little boys, Reef and Finn, and her loving husband, Singe, who she was leaving behind. Over her last few days, Kate created Mum's List after Singe asked, 'What if you leave me?' They talked and cried together as Kate painstakingly wrote her thoughts and wishes down, trying to help the man she loved create the best life for their boys after her death. Kate's list is both poignant and life-affirming, funny and profound: 'Please teach the boys to say what they mean', 'Mummy loved orange Club biscuits, jam and jelly and lemon curd'. But this wasn't the first time Singe and Kate had faced death. Four years earlier, doctors discovered a large lump in baby Reef's abdomen. Kate, pregnant with Finn, was so upset that she gave birth dangerously early. Both boys pulled through, but afterwards Kate received the diagnosis that every women dreads ...Mum's List is an incredibly moving story of courage and love, telling of Kate's wonderful life and how, through her list, she lives on in the daily lives of her family, helping Singe move forward as he raises their boys alone.
'Always kiss the boys goodbye and goodnight.' 'Please teach the boys to say what they mean.' 'Mummy loved orange Club biscuits, jam and jelly and lemon curd.' For Kate Greene, nothing was as important as the happiness and well-being of her two little boys, Reef and Finn, and her loving husband, Singe. Even when she fell very ill, they were her only concern. Over her last few days, Kate created Mum's List. With Singe's help, she wrote her thoughts and wishes down, trying to help the man she loved create the best life for their sons after she was gone. Mum's List encapsulates Kate's passionate nature, her free spirit and even her sense of humour. It became Singe's rock, as he turned to it again and again for strength and inspiration. Slowly, gradually, Singe began to fulfil Kate's requests. This is the heart-warming memoir of how Kate's list has helped Singe and his brave little boys move on and build a new life for themselves, while always keeping her in their hearts. 'One of the most moving stories you'll read' - Express This updated edition contains new material from Singe and behind-the-scenes photos from the film adaptation of the book.
St John Greene grew up in the West Country where he met his teenage sweetheart, Kate. A qualified paramedic and lifeguard, St John, known to his friends as Singe, founded Training Saints, which specializes in teaching extreme sports to young people. Since Kate's death Singe has devoted his life to raising their two young sons, Reef and Finn. He continues to run Training Saints and is chair of governors at the boys' school. He spends all of his free time teaching them the things he loved to do with Kate- sailing, scuba diving, jet skiing and power boating near their home in Somerset. Mum's List is his first book.
Mum's List is an incredibly moving story of courage and love, telling of Kate's wonderful life and how, through her list, she lives on in the daily lives of her family, helping Singe move forward as he raises their boys alone.
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