She was 29 when the cancer she had beaten at 18 came back.


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The samples on this came from contributors to Freesound. They are the same as for Comrade Pas Belle-Mere. See https://playingintongues.com/colophon/#comrade. I did a bad job of linking back to each source page. Instead, I just took a screen shot. Eventually I intend to fix that.


My not-exactly-stepmother and I embraced, maybe for the last time, and I said: “goodbye, comrade.”

At the last possible moment I had found a title for my father’s girlfriend of 42 years, someone whose formal relationship with me was never clear.

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Thanks to all the Freesound people who made the samples I used. See the colophon to learn about them, and for sheet music.