Sister Tater and I pulled into the parking lot at the very same Starbucks where we took Mama almost everyday. It was a terrible Starbucks as far as Starbucks go. Never could get the simplest of orders right, which, yes, I know is a first-world problem. But when you have six brain tumors and the only thing you want in the morning is your coffee done right, it can seem like a bigger problem.
“Close your eyes,” Sister Tater said.
“What?” I replied.
“Close your eyes and keep them closed.”
I wasn’t sure I should trust Sister Tater at that point. You know how it is after somebody dies. Everybody is hurting, and things are said or done that make the hurting worse. I had just said to Sister Tater, “If you stay mad with me I am going to run far, far away.”
Or something like that.
So I was a little worried that if I shut my eyes Sister Tater was going to put a cockroach in my hands and wish me well on my great escape.
Instead, she put this in my hands:
I burst into tears, of course. Amazed that she found a Dale Evans doll.
Actually, it was nephew Mannie who searched for it and found it online. Mannie and his mama got it for me. When I called to thank Mannie, I bawled. Mannie just laughed at me. He does that a lot — laughs at me.
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Need I say anything more?
Well, yes, one more thing.
Bless your hearts for sticking with me during the hurting times, too.
If I decide to run away, I promise to leave a forwarding address.