71. Inheritance

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An Elna sewing machine, a few boxes of Derwent drawing pencils, a box of fabric and denim quilt squares, 140-plus original poems scanned and digitized – these are some of the most meaningful items I’m bringing back from my mother’s home in Minnesota after she passed away at age 60 on July 4. Early-onset Alzheimer’s prevented her from channeling her creativity into her writing, doodling, and sewing as she once did, so I am honored to take her tools and put them to use once again. My sister and I were blessed to be with her during her last week, and then blessed to have another week with her husband to help plan services and gather her writings together from the many places where they were tucked, filed, and stashed in dressers and desks. The entire experience has given me so much to think about, and likely to write about as well, just as she might have.

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