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Unrequited

Posted January 17th, 2011 at 07:00 PM by chas
"Did you ever see a dream walking?
Well I did.
Did you ever see a dream talking?
Well I did.
Did you ever see heaven right your arms
Saying 'I love you, I do?'
Well the dream that was walking,
And the dream that was talking,
And the heaven in my arms was you."
--song on a very old Maurice Chevalier vinyl record

The unconditional love that I got from my maternal grandmother and my mother was returned in kind by me, but they seemed to get little back from the rest of the world. On this sixth anniversary of my mother's death, I think of how they left this life unfulfilled in the sense of their expectations, those hopes which so often prove a trap to those who hold them. Today many people die in extreme old age, especially women, but often with a diminishment of facilities rather than closure or a sense of higher achievement.

My grandmother gave up even a rudimentary education to take care of her younger...
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