Monthly Archives: April 2013

My mom used to pray

Throughout her life, my mom found great comfort in prayer. She prayed throughout the day, asking God for help with all of her problems. When I had a problem as a teenager, she would recommend that I pray also. This … Continue reading

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Bombs, Bullies, and Old Age

Two bombs at the Boston Marathon. Two people dead. Over 100 injured. “That’s terrible,” my mom says after I tell her. “It is,” I say. “I want to tell Phyllis,”* she says. “Hold on.” Three minutes later, she’s back on … Continue reading

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Everything is a puzzle to my mom

My mom used to love puzzles. She would sit for hours at a card table, putting 500 pieces together to make a picture. She got tremendous joy out of completing a puzzle. But Alzheimer’s took that away from her. It … Continue reading

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Our relationship has never been so simple

“Is it true that I’m your mother?” my mom asks me. “Yes, mom.” “Is that how you see it?” “That’s how it is,” I say. “So you think of me as the mother?” she asks. “Yes, mom,” I say. “You’re … Continue reading

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