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under the weather

 

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under the weather

falling leaves

on top of last year’s

falling leaves

 

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Super Mom

Told Mom there was a Super Moon tonight. I wanted her to see it, share it with her, talk about it like we used to do.

“What’s wrong with the moon? Is something going to happen? Is it alright?” There was a bit of urgency in her voice.

“Nothing’s wrong with the moon, Mom. It’s orbiting close to the earth and appears bigger and brighter than usual. It won’t be this close to earth again for twenty more years.”

“Well, I better go see it then. I’m not gonna hang around that long. Take me outside.”

It occurred to me that Mom had not been out of the nursing home at night in a long time. I took her through the front door and stopped her wheelchair just before the sidewalk. The moon was brilliant, hovering just above a tree. The warm night air surrounded her.

“Is that it? It’s so bright. It’s almost too bright!”

Being legally blind for so many years, I wondered if she could only see the blurred glow of the light and not realize the magnificence of it’s size.

She shrugged her shoulders and seemed to be satisfied that the moon was not going to blow up or crash into the earth.

super moon
mom’s first night out
in years

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On the Beach

walking

on the beach alone

I realize

I am ten years older..

taking care of mom

walking on the beach TPOS

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black friday
just another day
in the forest
justanotherday

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different shades

different shades

of autumn leaves

mother’s withered hands

across the dusty

piano keys

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winter clouds

winter clouds
how big we think we are
how small
we really are

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Touché

He was obviously unaware that anyone much less me, sitting at the next table, was watching his methodic inhalation of muscle chowder in a bowl big enough to bathe a new born in.  His scruffy, black 1960s goatee-Chavez beard harbored seasoned liquid that escaped his large soupspoon on the way to his mouth, leaving indiscreet trails of milled pepper on his Big Bang T-shirt.  He looked like he might have just stepped out of the TV sitcom to have lunch as I pondered why he was dining alone with unkempt hair and an attitude of dis-concern for anything but that bowl of soup.

His attention was solely on detaching the muscles from their respective shells, not caring if said shells made it to the bone plate or the white linen tablecloth.  His unused linen napkin was still folded in a fan just above his plate.  I’d say restaurant etiquette was not on his priority list.

With a ring on his left hand I assumed that he was married, probably with little children and one on the way.  His half rimmed glasses slipped down to the tip of his nose suggested that he was most likely approaching, or just over, forty.

The waiter came up to him and asked if he could refresh his drink?

Without looking up he pointed his sticky finger to his glass and said, “lemon water”, then shoved a freed muscle into his mouth.

I quickly looked away when the waiter noticed me watching his customer so I tried to concentrate on the menu.

“Can I take your order now, Ma’am?”

I hate it when they call me that!  “Yes, I’ll have the crab patties and some iced tea, thank you,” I let the Ma’am thing go…this time.

He then took my husband’s order and as the waiter stepped away, I noticed the gentleman at the next table was no longer at his seat.  I took a quick look around the room to see where he had gone and was stopped by the presence of someone standing next to me, holding a napkin up to my face.

“Looking for this?” the gentleman with the Big Bang T-shirt asked.  He then set the napkin on the table without shaking it out first, and turned and walked towards the exit.

I hate it when the napkin slips off of my lap when I’m watching people.

 

 

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