October 28, 1990
standing ever so impatiently at a table
waiting for the parents to take charge and
give me their kids dang order already!
2 Teddy Bear Pancakes
2 Jr OJ’s
” And for you Ma’am?”
A tap on my shoulder.
“Follow me for a sec”
My sister, 5 months pregnant. Crying.
She never cries…what the hell is going on?
Kirk, my marine brother-in-law, in the Middle East.
Oh my God, no…he can’t be gone!
My husband, holding our 9 month old.
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?
Sister: There is no easy way to say this (still crying).
Mom is dead.
Me: Car Accident?
PLEASE GOD NO!
THIS CANNOT BE
Cars rushing past on the freeway.
My boss is there still.
He hugs me.
I pull away.
Black mascara marks on his plain white dress shirt.
I am 5 years old again.