“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,

I miss you sooo much!

I’m trying to lose weight again. I got all the way up to 274.5 over the holidays, what with the broken ribs and all.

I think I may have lost about 6.5 pounds in a week. I hope it keeps up at that rate. I’m going to go to Weight Watchers.

I’m going to be 60, Mom. I need to lose weight now, or I never will. I want to feel good about myself and the damn weight has robbed me of most of a life. I wish you and Dad had taught me better, but, at this point, it’s no longer your fault.

If you’re “there,” somewhere, keeping an eye on me and my kids, I would really appreciate it.

By the way, David’s going to the Superbowl. I think he’s leaving tomorrow. I’m happy for him.

Love you,
Kathleen A. Gagne