May 13, 2007
As I recall, I said something to my Mother to get her to pose. It might have been "I'm going to shave rings on the cat's tail, Mom!" and it got her to clutch the cat protectively. I found the scratched up old negative a couple years ago after my Dad got a film scanner and made this print.
My Mom is gone now. I miss her, especially on days like this. But it is worse than that. I wasn't on good terms with my Mother when she died, and as long as I live I will regret it.
So, here is my Mother's Day advice: if you and your Mother are at odds about anything, fix it now. I don't care what's wrong between you. Do whatever you must, but don't go to sleep tonight without at least trying to put things right. You may never get another chance.