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  • We have always lived far apart, but we knew each other from family visits, holidays, and special occasions. We loved one another as part of the larger context of our family. I went to California to visit her- for the first time, it was just the two of us.
    Like most people I want to know more about, I decided to interview her:


    Not asking my mother things before she passed. I would have asked her how long she went with my father before they got married. And where they went on their honeymoon. And she never saw a man naked in her life, and then here she was, on the train to California, across from Iowa or back there someplace, and then she was at the train station and then she went and got married! I never asked her about where they spent their first night together, or if she was scared. She was just out of high school.


    Well, I had worked in a doctors office for 5 years, and I took anatomy. I knew about those things, I suppose I may have seen my dad naked, so I don’t know. But you know, that’s just something that comes natural.

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