10. Beat the Clock

We came expecting to comfort my mother.

She wanted to comfort us with muffins and tea.


We expected that cancer would leave her looking pale.

She found makeup to match her post-chemo complexion.


We thought she might wear a gown and robe.

She wore a red dress with black high-heeled sandals.


We gave her an early birthday gift — just in case.

She gave us a book, a CD, and two newspaper articles.


We looked at the clock, past time to hit the road.

She kept right on ticking, like that card game


we used to play when I was a girl — Beat the Clock.

She’s still winning, just like she always did.

Go right ahead.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s