Category Archives: family

Monkey Girl

You were drawn to the photo of the laughing child; chubby little face with ears sticking out. “Monkey Girl,” you called her. The grin on that baby’s face lit her up like a thousand suns, one arm wrapped around her … Continue reading

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Requiem for a Chair

Is there a diagnosis for people who have a fatal attachment to a piece of furniture? It can’t be normal. Here’s my story. I’ve owned a certain upholstered chair for forty years. My ex-husband and I bought it when our … Continue reading

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Aunt Ouilda

The only person between me and the top of the mountain is my 92 year old Aunt Ouilda,  from the Georgia branch of our family tree, four hours to the north. I’m the oldest remaining “kid” in the next generation. … Continue reading

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A Game of Dominoes

As I walked down the wide hallway of the 1920’s building in the Spanish quarter with it’s old-fashioned black and white square tiles, I saw, through an open door, gray heads bent over a table.  I looked a little harder … Continue reading

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Shampoo Night

The baby shampoo flows like honey onto his water-darkened hair as he stands plumply naked and gleaming in the tub. I massage it into his perfectly shaped little noggin, working up a good lather. We have a ritual that he … Continue reading

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Summer Storm

The rain’s slacking off and the black is thinning to gray. Half an hour ago it was like midnight– at 4:30 in the afternoon. The water was coming down so hard into my carport, there were wavelets! Almost to the … Continue reading

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Sunday Visit

She’s already seated when I get there, and dinner underway. I take my place at the table and the aide brings my plate. The dining room is quiet today. Her table mates are into their meals. No chit chat. No … Continue reading

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Home Alone

My live-in, jobless-at-the-moment, son is returning home tonight. He’s been gone four days. Four days of freedom and solitude. Not that I resent having him here. We get along fine and who else would haul me to the ER if … Continue reading

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Conscious Complaining

I’ve been under the weather for much longer than I think is necessary. One thing after another!  It’s been over a month now and I’ve had it with being sidelined. So I emailed a good friend – facilitator of my … Continue reading

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Little Beggar

I see you sitting by the kitchen, as I work– your face turned up, patient, hopeful. Maybe I’ll throw you a scrap, you think, or let you lick a juicy plate. At the very least you know you’ll get a … Continue reading

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