A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Michael Nesset lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he teaches college English. He has published essays and stories in Minnesota Monthly Magazine and Great River Review.
This is what faith looks like when it is acted upon: the good and right way is followed no matter what happens, because those who follow it believe it is good and right; indeed, they follow it even when life is too hard to think much about the good and the right.
Though several members of my childhood family have died, the passing of all but two of them took place unexpectedly and at a distance, and I was not able to say goodbye. On two occasions I was there, the dying spoke to me, and their conversation was memorable. Their last words to me seemed a summary of their lives and a way of giving me a part of themselves that would remain in the world after they had left it.