I spent the morning with my mom.
It was hard not to think about her as I cleaned out a storage cabinet she had in the cellar.
She saved everything!
- bank statements
- paid bills
- empty champagne bottles
- golf tees
- plastic bags
- thank you notes
- sympathy cards
- golf balls
I found these egg boxes filled with, yes, golf balls!
And then this is what undid me.
I found the well-worn dictionary she used to do her crossword puzzles.
And inside, were pieces and pieces of paper with unusual definitions
My mom did not go to college and she never even graduated from high school. This bothered her so much and she always wished she hadn't had to quit.
Looking at these lists and lists of definitions written in her beautiful penmanship straight across the pages brought tears to my eyes.
She was the smartest woman I ever knew and I miss her so much.