Connections fading

April 24, 2009

The subject line led with “My mother” and followed with her name. She was one of my grandmother’s stalwart friends, a hard job on a good day, and though my mother is the one who has contact with her still, the thought that she might be gone caught me at the throat.

The message body revealed she was only in the hospital. “When I saw the subject line, I thought she had died,” I wrote back to my mother.

“Me too,” she said, her lack of an email sign-off telling me all I needed to know.

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