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Some Things You Can Ask Me

I sat in my Lexus in the Serenity Gardens parking lot. It was hot. It was June. My parents would have been married sixty years today.

Dad was long gone. But I’d left Mom slumped in her wheelchair in her room, her eyes glazed over behind her thick glasses, her white bulbous sneakers dead weight on the footrests. She no longer spoke—a blessing, considering what she kept repeating before: Do I live here? Do I live here? Do I live here?

I pulled out my iPhone to let Rob know how the visit had gone. Yet I kept my thumb on the power button for half a second too long, and Siri called out in her chipper voice, Here are some things you can ask me!

Who is near me?

How far away is the moon?

How windy is it out there?

Should I bring an umbrella?

Tell my husband I’m on my way.

     
  © Rita Ciresi, 2019

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