November 8, 2015
Missed the exact date but remembered the details: 30 years ago, last time the Royals won the Series, and the ambulance taking Auntie Alice to the hospital got caught in the street celebrations. She died two nights later, as we sat in the waiting room, watching Johnny Carson, never expecting her not to make it out of surgery. The years of care-taking - and bad eating - and smoking - had taken their toll. The man she had loved so devotedly didn't even realize she had gone, Alzheimer's eating his brain as he sat still and vacant in a hospice in Vermont.