Losing them, fixing them, forgetting to put them in
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Ann Marsden leads creative-writing workshops and is working on a book about motherhood as a spiritual path. She lives in East Haddam, Connecticut.
A picture hangs on the wall of my study. In it, my mother is kneeling to pose with my brother, my sister, and me. The picture was taken a few months before my mother died, and we are all smiling, cheerful, innocent, unaware of the ways in which our lives are capable of changing.