Friday, May 27, 2011

Why I Haven't Written About Mom Lately

Some of you have been wondering why I haven't written about Mom lately. I still visit her at the nursing home in Jackson, Mississippi, about twice a month. But the past few visits have left me wordless. Why? I think for two reasons: (1) They've actually been a little boring. As she slips farther away, there's less to talk about. (2) I think I've been repressing a degree of sadness over losing her and haven't been ready to write about it.

But that may be changing, thanks to Dinty Moore's interview and article, both in Writer's Digest. Read all about it over at my post on the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction site:

"The Personal Essay: In Search of Insight and Enlightenment."

On my next visit I think I'm going to cut her hair. She has asked me to, although she won't let the people at the nursing home cut it. I'm a little nervous about doing it. I think cutting hair is a very intimate activity. Kind of like giving manicures and pedicures. Hope I'm up to the task.


ficwriter said...

It breaks my heart to read about your mom and her slow decline. But you are such a strong woman, I'm sure you will be able to loving cut her hair. It conjures a beautiful image. Hope it goes well.

Emma Connolly said...

I can hear your words already in your essay on "Cutting Mom's Hair". Blessings to you.

anna said...

Susan - sorry to leave this here (just delete it :) but my computer crashed and I can only check email on my laptop right now, not able to send it out! Anyway, got your email re icon supplies, and yes, the address is still the same - and again, thank you so much for thinking about me.