family

From left to right: me, my cousin Michael, my mom, my dad, my grandpa, my aunt & uncle, my Grandma Jerry.

Strawberries & Lemons

My mother died twenty-eight years ago today, in her sleep peacefully at home, after a three-year struggle with cancer. It was a Monday morning, just like today, and I was eleven years old, having hosted a birthday party with balloons, games and all my grade-school friends less than two weeks earlier. When my mom’s birthday comes around in December I like to get a colorful bouquet of flowers and display it in my house, picking out an assortment that I think she would have liked. Mother’s Day used to be a day I faced with dread, but it was reclaimed when I became a mother myself and it turned into a day of¬†celebration again. But a death anniversary is different. It marks a terrible day: a day you don’t really¬†want to remember.