DSC08261Mom has always described herself as a “doer and joiner.” A born leader, she was active in the lives of her five children, her extended family and her community. She also had a group of very close female friends dating from college days. Though muted, this remains true today.

On Saturday we played our usual Scrabble game. At game’s end I suggested a walk—which she loves. I excused myself to use the bathroom and emerged to find her gone. I found her next door in Phyllis’s room happily chatting with Phyllis and Kathleen—her posse as I have come to think of them.

And while I would have loved to take that walk, I realized that Mom is far more comfortable with her friends. I left reluctantly but happy in the knowledge that she has once again found another group of close and supportive friends—a wonderful thing.

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