Tag: death

There Is No Good Headline For A Dead Parent

“When someone leaves your life, those exits… are… not made equal. Some are beautiful, and poetic, and satisfying. Others are… abrupt and unfair, but most are just unremarkable, unintentional, clumsy.” -Griffin McElroy, The Adventure Zone My Mom passed away on July 9, 2017. We stood in her ICU room and said everything we needed to say, and then told her she had to go. She had to let the pain end. I had been at a birthday party just 36 hours before, drinking beer and showing off the new house Mom hadn’t seen yet. My fiancé and I got...

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My Teacher

My first grade teacher died recently. I felt a depth of sadness when I heard about it that surprised me. I hadn’t seen her in years, and I’ve no idea, really, who she was as a person.  She was my teacher. I remember her face and her voice. I remember her hairstyle, which was a cross between beehive and scarf-wearing, teased and sprayed grandma. I remember that she barked at me on the first day of school, saying that I would spend my reading group time in the library because “you already know how to read, and I don’t have anything for you...

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