papermoon existence
after mama died

“Maurine, your mother’s heart just stopped.”

and just like that
first grade, family easters, thanksgiving dinners, growing up with cousins: The End.

we hit the road
moving to a new town and another school and another town…

Palo Pinto- Amarillo-Dallas-De Ridder
bleeding through the veneer just a little more with each new school

El Paso-San Antonio
and Sulphur, Louisiana where I finally cracked

San Antonio-Dallas-Mesquite and Seagoville
before reaching California

12 moves during 12 grades
left me wondering
where the hell we were
without my mother.