Star Stevens

writes from Ooltewah, Tennessee.

​A Special Message

It was early morning on the day of my 92-year-old mother’s funeral. I was jolted awake by the sudden solution to a problem I had contemplated for the past few days: what to give as a thank-you gift to a friend who was going to sing for my mother’s service. I wanted the gift to be something special from my mother’s own possessions.

All of a sudden I had my answer—the book Motherless Daughters, by Hope Edelman, from my mother’s library. My friend had lost her mother when she was a teenager, so I felt this gift might have a special purpose. I had given the book to my mother some years before. My mom had lost her own mother when she was only …

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