Mom called yesterday afternoon, sobbing. She dreamed her mother wrote her a letter. Thrilled, she woke up and ran out to the mailbox.
Mom's mother has been dead 40 years.
Mom was heartbroken that she didn't have a letter, then devastated she woke before learning what her mother wanted to tell her. Her longing for just one more word from her mother reminds me to listen as often and as long as I can while I have the gift of this mother in this life on this set of circles round the sun.