“Letters to Mom”

One of her journals I found is titled “Letters to Mom”. It’s a collection of letters she wrote to her mother — my “Nana Anna” — starting about four months after her death.

11/28/07 — a month after your b-day

Hi, Mom,

I’m a wreck.

I’m wanting to always lose weight, but I’m under so much pressure at work, and even at home, with bills and all.

I just keep eating all the time. I had lost 10 lbs., but I’ve gained some back. I wish there was a magic way to lose weight.

I want to live at least as long as you did, but I want to be healthy. If I lose 70 lbs., maybe all my joints won’t hurt, and maybe I’ll be able to breathe.

If you truly are there somewhere, can you pick a saint to pray to for me? I’ll be 60 soon, and I need help to be healthy.

I wish I could talk to you.

I love you,

By this weekend, I’ll have a diet plan!

I’m having neck, eye, and shoulder problems, and my head often feels weird.
Kathleen A. Gagne