“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.

September 1, 2008

Hi, Mom,

It’s been a long time. I miss you every day. I still call your phone to hear your voice.

I miss your smile and your hugs, and your unconditional love.

I hate what happened to you, and I wish I could have done more for you.

Do you remember that I came almost every weekend for 4 years. I couldn’t do that now because gas is up to almost $5.00. Can you believe it?

Right now, Jen is in Alaska making trails in Denali Park. She’s having a great time exploring the whole state, and she and [redacted] are writing down their experiences on a blog (it’s like a website).

In 21 days, I’ll be 60! How about that! I wish you were here. You could have been if they hadn’t broken your legs.

I lost my job. They just said they weren’t going to renew it. I’m looking, but there’s not much out there. If you’re where I hope you are, can you put in a good word for me?
Love, Kathie
Kathleen A. Gagne