On the Topic of Parents

This one is for my mom who is in the hospital.
Mother’s day is coming up.
Share some of your maternal insights and instincts with us…


On My 86 Year Old Mother’s Hospitalization

       Randy Mazie

I call to cheer her up.
“I can’t talk now,” she hoarsely whispers into the line.
“I’m about to have a procedure done.”
“Follow the procedure,” I hoarsely whisper back into the phone
(Small ironies are not cards inside my mother’s deck).
She says quickly, “I got to go now.”
“I love you.” I say back,
a disconnected reassurance,
her having hurriedly hung up the phone,

rushing off,
       fearing being late….

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