I’ve been thinking about my mom, who passed away in July 2017. Every so often, like today, I want to phone her.
I just want to talk with her.
Prompt: Who do you miss?
That’s my mom on the cover of The Write Spot: Connections. She was a dancer in her teens, performing at convalescent hospitals in the 1940’s.
Connections is a collection of writing from mothers and their adult children. Some are funny, some poignant, some surprising. All are entertaining. Here’s an excerpt:
Dime Sightings by Pamela Swanson
Although my mother, Ione, could not afford them, she
loved diamonds. Eventually she did save up enough money to buy herself a
diamond ring. She was so proud of that ring. One year, early in November, Ione
died without warning at the age of 54. Suddenly I was traveling the 2,100 miles
from California where I lived to the small town in Minnesota where she had
died. Completely unprepared, I found myself faced with finalizing my mother’s
existence on this earth.
Grand Marais, a small fishing village located on Lake Superior, is where I was born. It is where my Mom grew up, met my dad, and was married. My roots are firmly planted there so when I arrived it was to the open arms of my aunts and uncles. Soon after, family members from other distances began to arrive. I was cocooned in love and support.
All of the pieces in Connections end with a prompt that readers can use to inspire writing. The prompt for “Dime Sightings” was “Sometimes Magic Happens.”
My mom and me at her 75th birthday party.