‘Hilde was late that day. She blamed herself of course. Which 12 year old wouldn’t? What if she had’ve gone straight up those housing commission stairs, instead of delaying, delaying delaying, because she didn’t know which mum she was going to get that day? At that dreadful moment, she came to understand the importance of a minute,’ it reads.
‘For Hilde, a minute is a long time. Hilde taught Connie about the importance of minutes while I was off grid being a delebrity fuckup. Then Connie got sick and she taught me, and us, that now is awesome. But our ‘Now is Awesome’ ethos is born from Hilde’s understanding of the significance of each single minute.’
The post also gives background information into how Hilde came to write the book, with Sam explaining that he ‘challenged her’ to leave her job and go on the road with him so she could write more.
‘I promised they’d be the best minutes of her life. That now could be more awesome. My argument? That until she threw away time completely she’d be stuck with a ticking in her head forever.
‘She didn’t need much encouragement. Before I knew it she was on the road with me, she’d written her first novel and she had bagged a high end publisher. My big sister Hilde punched out no ordinary novel, at the tender age of 50, between Love Your Sister fundraisers. I like to think we nourished her towards it.’
Sam also explained how Hilde had been a huge support to him and his late sister Connie as they were growing up.
‘Our most brilliant sibling. The one who, behind the scenes, has always shone the brightest. The one who showed Connie and me how to be. Our mum, when mum left.’