Lauren Herschel's Tweet showed up in my social media.
My button has been pushed often this week.
a friend lost a father
a friend remembering her mother
grandparents proudly sharing photos
the upcoming holidays
my shopping genes, and
the resulting clutter
No tears were shed. My thoughts were selfish, really--
empathetic thoughts (I know what it's like to lose a parent)
I've been a motherless daughter for twenty-three years
my mom only got to grandparent for three years (does the last one even count?)
my mom would know how to handle the holidays this year
my mom would share in my shopping "victories"
my mom would help me decide what to keep and what to release
my mom would
I went to sleep last night
with that three-letter word
full of love and loss
lingering on my lips.