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The Absence Fills

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

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best college application essay ever how to write a really Where is my mother? I asked The Spiritually Inclined Colleague, over tea and the lemon squares she brought. I’ve been looking for her everywhere. She’s inside you, she said, quite confidently.

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quantum mechanics homework help My mother is with me. And yet I also feel that some enormous, essential part of me is missing, having been violently wrenched away. It is a confusing paradox. Contemplating this is exhausting. The days tick by. Ten days, then two weeks and now over a month since she died. The absence of her is deafening. Where did she go? Friends call, email, drop by. Condolence cards arrive, with carefully-written inscriptions. For some small moments, the absence fills.

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