Lourdes Follins, 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow

Lourdes Follins, 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow



[Applause] [Applause] [Applause] this title in the end doors it was June 18 2014 and perhaps Dolores and Harold in their bedroom getting it back to Richmond University Medical Center is that not into yoga Dolores he had a hysterectomy in five days earlier she was 64 and had a thick negro City accent reminiscent of the character of a comedy television show psycho shivering the first any books teeth chattering it I'll call it hoping as usual path Saturday posture to shuffle over to the florist at approaching the bed to prepare to sit down palette was 84 and walking have become a vulture and an adventure you can no longer stand upright and the muscles in his legs had become taut surely his gait in the process we won't let the large gray hair toddler and stay and try not to trip over the patently the overstuffed plastic that's in the bedroom each bill to the breath by the time you realize decide by the time to reach the bed he realized that Dolores his request was not compatible which she generally did not like to be touched overlapped by the magnitude of her request had sat down next to her on the bed and gingerly places right on they're not our saucers as it did the work shudder at much more closed her eyes and pitched forward on the bedroom floor she hit the floor with a soft thud and she's not no parent realized immediately there that she's dead nobody she had cancer now common-law husband of nearly 40 years must not Karen her best friend in junior high the closest sibling now Stewart and not me all my mom shared a dad that was cool and I especially have a hysterectomy even then she told us as little as possible she asked to take to the hospital and she ran being lucky that she's having the surgery but even then she lied okay it's about the reason for her surgery or her overall health in solution my gentlemen floor in the middle of my parents bedroom while we waited five hours for someone in the New York City office down there to the mother's back I was taking a year long way from where these sisters in these letters and the content along about that she still had it 864 real aspects of my mother's life personality [Applause]

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