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Bystanders | Moment's Notice

 

Last updated 7/6/2021 at 1:04pm

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by·stand·er | \ ˈbī-ˌstan-dər \

bystander : one who is present but not taking part in a situation or event : a chance spectator

I was thinking the other day about a call I received from my mom a little over a year ago. She lives in another state and, before the pandemic, was always on her way somewhere, so I was never surprised when she called at odd times during the day. This time, though, her voice was shaking.

"What's wrong?" I asked, nervously, as you do when your parent is 2,000 miles away and getting older.

She had been on her way to the pool, and as she was coming to a stop...



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