My mom died on October 26, 2015. (The cause was lung cancer, probably contracted as a consequence of decades of smoking. We could never get her to stop. I would not wish how she died on my worst enemy. If you smoke, STOP! If you don’t, please DON’T START.)
The Fifth Dimension’s “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In” – probably THE MOST 1960s song there is – was one of her favorites. I’ll always associate it with her:
I was in a class play when I was age 10 in which my teacher, Miss B_____ (who seemed REAL old to us kids; thinking back from now, she was probably about “25”), had us all dancing to that. I can still recall overhearing Mom laughing to Dad about her after the show: “That one is definitely a former hippie.” I had no clue what a “hippie” was.
I wrote nearly all of Distances during 2015, before we had any hint my mom would not live to see 2016. Her mid-1990s prediction of what would follow in years to come politically was obviously not on target. Regardless it’s a happy memory for me and served as one source of writing inspiration and material:
Regularly she kidded me about Thomas Jefferson too…
…I suppose she did so with good reason.
Thanks for reading. Have a good day, wherever you are in the world.
And if she is still around, be nice to your mother.