She lay there listening to her teen-aged sister’s slow breathing from the twin bed across the room and could tell her sister was asleep. No lights came from the hall. No voices from the television in the living room
She thought, I could sneak to the Christmas tree, look around quickly, and be back in bed before anyone notices. She propped Teddy, her stuffed bear, up in the corner of her own bed by the wall. Folded back the blankets, and slipped her feet onto the floor. She paused. She listened. Her sister’s little snore hadn’t changed, so she knew she was still asleep.
She rose to her feet and tip toed across the linoleum floor, pushed aside the tattered curtain that served as a door to the bedroom, and peered into the hall. No one was there. She stretched her neck, ear to the right, toward the other bedrooms…
About this time in 2000, maybe a bit later in the year, I sat at the kitchen table with the telephone in my left hand and a list of names in front of me. I phoned every person on that list and explained that although I didn’t know what their plans were for the holidays if they wanted to spend Christmas with my mother this would be their last opportunity.
I said, “If she is alive next year, she won’t know that we’re there.”
The response was great. Lots of people came by and that Christmas my mom saw all of her family. She died on November 28. 2001.
She is on the far right in this photo which shows her with two of her grandchildren and a daughter-in-law. I snapped this photo in the mid-1970s, when I was still young enough to confuse the term ‘now’ with the word ‘forever’. Since then not only my mother but also the daughter-in-law and one of the grandchildren have died. The youngest little girl, now a beautiful woman, is a cancer survivor despite her medical treatments having been sidetracked by the pandemic.
UPDATE: I have received an apology from KDP-amazon. Before I republish my novels I am going to do another revision. The dragon book should be back soon. The horse book…may be presented in a completely different manner. Stay tuned!
Re: My Books The situation with KDP-amazon has not been resolved, so my books are not available on amazon.com. I upgraded my license on the 3 assets in question so Adobe.com says that they and I are square. The roadblock is amazon. I don’t know when it will be resolved. Hopefully soon.