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A Voice From the Past

(by Maureen Ryan Griffin)

Imagine a mother almost completely lost to dementia, her 40-something-year-old daughter intent on preserving every scrap of memory she can resurrect. Which isn’t easy, as, even before the dementia, her mother’s answer to most questions the daughter asked about her childhood was, “It’s all a blur.”

Imagine the moment the daughter, as she helps to empty the family home the mother is now too ill to live in, discovers a box that holds every family Christmas newsletter her mother wrote, including one from 1959: