Kathleen Albanese Gagne

A Happy New Grandmother

Here’s mom beaming with joy as she looks at me (off-camera) holding her first grandchild. This is just about the happiest I ever remember seeing her in my life. She so desperately wanted to be a grandmother, to be the new Nana in the family.

She had already started to go downhill by that point; I remember the entire visit was very stressful because she kept asking questions that made no sense. But I was simply so consumed by my new son that I failed to realize the magnitude of her condition.