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This is long. Sorry.  But it's a lecture I gave last month at the University of Michigan.

 

A beautiful Easter Sunday here in Cambridge, with yellow tulips in bloom in my front yard. I remember childhood Easters in Pennsylvania  and the frustration of having to wear a coat, covering up the new dress that I would wear to Sunday School. New clothes were a big deal then. Twice a year we would take a trip to Harrisburg---I think only about 18 miles, but it seemed a huge excursion---my sister, mother, and I, (it was a ritual that my sister and I held our breath while we drove across the bridge that crossed the Susquhanna River)  and go to a big department store to get new clothes.  Following the shopping we would go to the park in front of the capital building, and feed the pigeons with peanuts from a vendor with a cart. Everything seemed adventurous and exciting back in those days when kids were not overloaded with advetures and excitement.  

I am always aware when I start to fall into "in my day..." tales of simpler times, and how I rolled my eyes in feigned boredom as an adolescent when my mother did the same thing. How I treasure her stories now! Some years ago, in a book called The Silent Boy, which is set in a small Pennsylvania town in the early 1900s, I used some of those childhood stories of my mother's. She was gone by the time I wrote that book (which is illustrated with old photographs, including some of her).

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My mother's aunt, my Great Aunt Mary, was a photographer in the early twentieth century and left some remarkable photographs, including this one from 1910.

Happy Easter.


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Kate Monday, 29 November 1999

So beautiful. I'm sorry for you loss.

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Kyla Monday, 29 November 1999

Always enjoy reading your words in all their contexts but have never commented before. I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

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marjorie Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm so sorry. May his memory be a blessing.

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Annie Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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Jasmine Rockwell Monday, 29 November 1999

Peace be with you and your family.

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Melanie Monday, 29 November 1999

Thank you for sharing a perfect description of of death. That is certainly what it felt like when my mom died last October. I hope and pray you will find peace and comfort in your memories of your time together.

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Chelsey Monday, 29 November 1999

So, so sorry for your loss.

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Nicole Monday, 29 November 1999

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find peace and comfort during this trying time.

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Anne Monday, 29 November 1999

I am so sorry that you have lost your Martin. I hope your memories with him bring you comfort during this difficult time.

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LoraW Monday, 29 November 1999

The kind of passing we all can aspire to. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Kristi Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing with us some memories of adventures you spent together. May peace be with you, too.

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susan dampeer Monday, 29 November 1999

I am so sorry to learn of Martin's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Susan

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Michael Gettel-Gilmartin Monday, 29 November 1999

My heart sank when I saw the heading of your post. Although I have never met you or Martin, I feel linked by all the words you have written. The word which bubbles forth on reading your post today is "Peace."

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Daria Monday, 29 November 1999

Hugs to you. I am sorry for your loss. It is never easy when it comes even if you feel prepared. Take it easy on yourself.

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Jennifer Fischer Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending warm thoughts and prayers your way.

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Stephhov Monday, 29 November 1999

Thank you for sharing this with us. Peace be with you and your family. I'm sorry you have to experience this loss.

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Betty Birney Monday, 29 November 1999

May he rest in peace, indeed, Lois, and my deepest condolences to you.

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Erin Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm so sorry.

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Annie Monday, 29 November 1999

Much peace for Martin going on alone and for you finding your path through the desolate place.

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Portia Pennington Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm sorry and will be keeping you in my thoughts in the coming days, weeks, and months. Thank you for sharing this most precious time with us, your readers. We are with you.

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