Goodbye from Mom
by Alice B. Clagett

It was a warm spring day in Southern California,
and not too smoggy either.
My mother’s health had been failing.
I called her up and the caretaker handed her the phone.

I said, “Hi, mom, it’s Alice.”

      She said, “Honey, I love you, you know I do,
           but I have to go. I’m sorry.”
                      And she started to cry.

      I said, “That’s ok, mom. I love you too.”
And she handed the phone back to the caretaker.

It’s no good crying on a freeway. I ought to pull over and stop.

--1:30 pm on Freeway 210, Saturday, May 23, 2009
   heading out to a Sierra Club retreat at Mount Baldy

from "The Chalice and the Crucible"   Site home page: 2U3D


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