“You’re not here”

Of course right after my daugher was born I called and told mom that all was well. I could not tell her her first grandchild was in the NICU. As my wife’s labor was ending, about 500 miles away dad was in emergency surgery. Five cardiac bypasses. Dad and daughter, both in ICUs. I was not going to burden mom with that. The third day she called …

What’s wrong with my granddaughter?

Nothing, mom, why do you ask?

Because after two days, you are not here visiting your dad in the ICU.

I told her. There is no greater woman on earth than my mother. Period.


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