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Mourning Pieces (IV)

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Jan. 30th, 2012 | 08:33 pm

My little brother wants to know about the will, so I ask my father’s wife, in the guise of seeing if she’ll be OK.

“There’s not hardly anything left,” she says. “I had to sell alot--" (in my head, she says it the way she types it on Facebook, only there it’s also all caps) "--just to pay the hospital and then that lawyer cost me over a thousand bucks and we got rid of ‘most everything else so they didn’t git me for Medicare fraud.”

There are three rings and a watch. Fortunately, one of my half-sisters is also dead, so we don’t have to negotiate, two against three, the kids who got the dad probably also getting the things. My little brother gets the watch and wears it to the wake, dry-eyed. My stepmother hands me all the rings and I pocket them, wanting time to decide which one I’ll actually wear, still grudging my sister the last phone call, still selfish to the core.




Mourning Pieces I
Mourning Pieces II
Mourning Pieces III
Mourning Pieces V

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A Karmic Sandbox

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from: karmasoup
date: Jan. 31st, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
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The values of treasures only really matter the most to the person who treasures them.

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Andrea Blythe

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from: blythe025
date: Feb. 2nd, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
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Another poignant vignette. I think grudging someone a last phone call with a loved one is totally understandable. I also think feeling guilt about that grudge is understandable, too. Each can be let go in time.

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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from: halfshellvenus
date: Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
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so we don’t have to negotiate, two against three, the kids who got the dad probably also getting the things.
There's so much history in these few words, and the words are angry and unfair and completely true. There are multiple levels of grief here.

still grudging my sister the last phone call
So understandable, and so human.

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