“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.

Hi, Mom,

Guess what. I don’t have just a muscle pull. I have that, but I also have three broken ribs. It seems so weird. Hurts like hell.

I’m tired and lonely, and I wish I could talk to you.

I really, truly need to lose weight. You know I’ll be 60 this year. Wouldn’t it be great if I could lose 60 lbs. by September?

I’m going to join Weight Watchers again, and, I guess, Curves.

I’m the only one who can change my life. I finally know that, and I’m ready to get started. If you’re there, maybe you can put in a good word for me.

I love you, Mom, and I miss you so much.

Kathleen A. Gagne