My Sister Laurie

Tragically my sister Laurie has been disabled and in a nursing home for the past six months.  Tomorrow my husband and I will drive down to Maryland once again to see her.  Ten years my junior,  at age 59 she may be the youngest patient there.

Laurie was strikingly beautiful and truly a Renaissance woman –  a gifted artist and an avid museum-goer,   a wonderful cook and a green thumb,  a speaker of many languages,  a reader of poetry,  a teller of jokes,  and by training and profession a research biologist.  But now the ravages of multiple sclerosis have compromised that body and that mind.

My dearest little sister,  my Zuzu,  tomorrow I’ll come again and slice apples for you,  and with an aching heart I’ll watch again as you eat them in silence.

– Dana Susan Lehrman 

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