What can YOU say in six sentences?
We are building a box together, to celebrate the dead. My seven year old chose my mother to honor in this Spanish class project, her grandmother gone for twenty-eight years now.
The project asks that we display the things my mother loved, a picture of her, a votive candle, some bread, cut paper, a short biography that won't mention anything but G-Rated details.
Beverly Rogene "Shorty" loved to write poetry and take in stray people, to pray, sing, laugh, and eat an occasional Butterfinger candy bar; she loved to reach out, to sponsor other alcoholics, to speak to groups about recovery and addiction. She loved dogs, seafood, John Denver and Foreigner, green, God and me. These things are hard to show, except for this, the opening page of a book she gave me of her poems: