The Taking of My Leave

My mother taught me many things — how to make wonderful Italian food, how to tend a garden, how to love one’s family — but during the last 48 hours of her life, she taught me the greatest lesson of all: how to die. –Paula A. Treckel
The Taking of My Leave (Chronicle)

While the quote sounds like something schmaltzy out of Reader’s Digest, the essay doesn’t dwell on the sentiment: “‘Go and dig up the f-ing bleeding heart!’ he yelled at me from Canada.”

A good reminder of our mortality — and why I should log off my computer now and go home to my family.