People Grieve in Their Own Way

December 12, 2011 § 23 Comments

Here is a photo of my mother in a moment of somber reflection at her ex-husband’s funeral four years ago.

The details pierce the heart of the observer:  The pensive, my-ex-husband-just-bought-the-farm expression, the eyes closed as though to shield her from the cruel realities and tin-can-sharp edges of the circle of life, the consolation of the stranger: There there dear lady.

Her pose, and the gloom around it, reminds one of William Wetmore Story’s Angel of Grief:

Disconsolation is like writing; sometimes you need a metaphor, sometimes a margarita. Sometimes one serves as the other.

Here’s my mother fifty years ago. Someone must have died then, too.

PS More secret writing advice coming up tomorrow!

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