Like Mama: On Grief and Acceptance

On moving to the acceptance stage after losing loved one, and how I’ve chosen to be inspired by the memories my late mother bequeathed to me.

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Goodbye

It is late August 1994. I’m in the Commons (cafeteria) at Franklin High School, waiting to get my ASB card. As a socially awkward incoming freshman I’m uncomfortable, my nervousness exacerbated by the fact that my ace wasn’t next to me. Too shy to speak with the packs of girls roaming about, I avoided eye contact with most. You were in front of me in line, head crowned with a halo of smoky black curls, richly hued cinnamon skin glowing…

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