“My Mother, From a Distance”

I wish to thank editor Mark Leichliter for publishing my essay, “My Mother, From a Distance,” in bioStories. I am delighted and honored to have my work featured in this fine journal.


5 thoughts on ““My Mother, From a Distance”

  1. Your mother in the photo is absolutely stunning! I too, am caring for my aging mom and it is a very difficult task indeed. She is all I have left of my immediate family and I ache inside at the prospect of losing her too someday. I try to make the most of each day I have with her left and even though she doesn’t ‘remember’ things sometimes, we just kind of laugh our way through that forgetfulness and treasure every moment.

    It is very difficult… the thoughts, regrets, the impending loss that will happen, the fact that our roles reverse as they get older and we become their caretakers….. well… it is overwhelming at times but we do it because they are our parents and because they loved us when nobody else did.

    Brilliant essay Jean!

    • Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this. I’m happy for you that you and your mom can communicate successfully. My partner lost her mother several years ago, and if I learned one thing from that sad time it is this: at the end, love is all that matters.

      • Amen to that Jean. Every moment is a gift and not one you can unwrap after a loved one is gone. The moment is now. The present is a gift meant to be nurtured and treasured.

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