Little Orphan Dani: Part 1; Last Words

Cheer up, baby girl.

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I love you, Dani.

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As my mother laid in bed, on her first evening in hospice–June 11, 2019, I sat to her right side, held her hand and bawled my eyes out. The last coherent words, were for me: “Cheer up, baby girl.”

On the morning of January 12, 2004–my father was taken out of the house on a stretcher. He thought he was having a heart attack. As they maneuvered him out the front door, and down the concrete porch to the driveway, he grabbed my hand: Love you, Dani.”

Tears streaming down my face, “I love you too, daddy.”

Again, his last words were for me.

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Here I sit

In contemplation

And contempt–

Little Orphan Dani.

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