Tag: grief

To My Mother on Her 70th: the Shittiest Birthday Tribute Ever Made.

To My Mother on Her 70th: the Shittiest Birthday Tribute Ever Made.

. Today my mother would have turned 70. I can imagine her at 70. She would have loved the senior discounts and taking Amtrak every opportunity she could. She would have still made long road trips, driving whatever beatup car she has at the time from her home in Clearwater to make the rounds up …

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Heritage Trail Day 2: Grief and Loneliness…and one more wipeout.

Heritage Trail Day 2: Grief and Loneliness…and one more wipeout.

If you prefer your Marla in a box of sunshine, this post is not for you. Close the window and return tomorrow. There will be a new rainbow, or fluffy kittens and plenty of sunshine when you come back, and our relationship will be none the worse for it. But today I’m lonely. I’m sad. …

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Traveling with Mom and Dad in Viet Nam

Traveling with Mom and Dad in Viet Nam

Ashes of my late mother and father rest in a sealed locket around my neck. Each of their children and grandchildren has a locket. Some don’t wear it. Others, like me, wear it only when traveling to places my mom or dad never went. Mine is a butterfly, now a little worn and scuffed. It …

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