Tag Archives: Mum

Feeling Fifty

Just before my mother’s 70th birthday we talked on the phone and I said, “Just think Mum, in 5 years I’ll be 50 and you’ll be 75.” She did not respond and I knew then that she knew she would … Continue reading

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Downeast Maine

My husband and I went downeast today. In the broadest sense, downeast covers the coastal area from Maine’s Penobscot Bay to the Canadian border, but to me, downeast means Washington county only. Each of us has a history there. There is … Continue reading

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Pretty Perfect

My mother found pretty things in a junk heap. Really, she did. She always thought my sister, who inherited her gift for finding good stuff cheap, was the one with the uppity tastes. She wasn’t. My sister bought a $500 suit … Continue reading

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Daughters Learn

When my mother died, one of the first thoughts I had was, “Thank Gawd we were speaking.” This paints a misleading picture of my relationship with Mum. The fact is there were rare instances (two) when we did not speak. … Continue reading

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Once Again

Last night I dreamt of my mother. She was in her early 40’s, in the kitchen, as it was when we were all still at home. In the dream, I knew she was dead while she was standing by the kitchen … Continue reading

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Expecting Courtesy

Yesterday my oldest and dearest friend asked me to write something about our youth and the citizens of the sheltered seaside town where we lived. She made her request during a conversation we were having about the generous acceptance and tolerance for … Continue reading

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Mothers’ Optimism

My mother was an optimist. I was surprised to learn that she thought of herself as an organ donor. Her driver’s license was renewed in her 69th year and she generously checked the box to recycle her organs for donation. … Continue reading

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Field Road

Field Road is not far from the Connecticut River. The river was in a ruinous state when I lived near it, which did not keep me from going there. Kids are mesmerized by animal decay, and the DDT contaminated fish, … Continue reading

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Subverted Rights

We are living through a fearful time. My mother spoke frequently of the erosion of individual rights, in the U. S., in the years preceding her untimely exit from our lives. My siblings and I sometimes wonder if she died … Continue reading

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Gifted Heart

I read a piece in The New York Times regarding gifts. I was happy to note that there are other married people, who do not exchange gifts at the direction of Madison Avenue and Hallmark. I have never cared for the pressure … Continue reading

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