Category Archives: Mothers and sons

Requiem

I gaze at my mom in her casket, and I have to touch her.  I can’t help myself.  Her arm feels like a hunk of wood through her dress, a thin piece of kindling.  I’m not sure what I expected … Continue reading

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Ceremony

The night before my mom’s funeral, I sit at my kitchen counter drinking beer and listening to audio recordings I made of her throughout the last three years.    She died late on Thursday night, and now it’s Sunday.  For the … Continue reading

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Zombie Girl

I put one foot in front of the other, my body in forward motion.  My head is lost.  There is no other word.  I find myself wondering Did I say that out loud or just think it?  To compensate I … Continue reading

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Last Day

I sit with Mom on Thursday after work.  She’s sleeping so deeply that even when I put a wet sponge in her open mouth to moisten it, she doesn’t stir.  I wash her face with a warm wash cloth and … Continue reading

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The Original See’s

My parents have collected many family portraits beginning in 1949 when it was just them and my oldest sister, Sharon. Then quickly two more daughters—Jackie and Mary. Then Juliann and finally a boy, Joe, Jr. Five children in seven years. … Continue reading

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Loose Lips Sink Ships

My parents loved lingering at thrift sales and looking through tables full of other people’s junk. When Mom got too sick to join Dad on these adventures, he rarely left the house except for church and the grocery store. Since … Continue reading

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Like Me Best

Since Mom and Dad’s wedding reception took place on a farm, I decorate their anniversary cake with tiny cows and pigs. Dad doesn’t want his picture taken with my “farm cake.” I know his answer even before I ask: Not … Continue reading

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