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Teaching my mom…

Can Melitas look any cuter?

On my birthday I had the privilege of having my mom join my class.  The topic for the workshop she attended was focusing on childhood memories.  The first question I presented was what was your first experience with death.  The students wrote and when it came time to share I think each student cried as they remembered an early pain.  My mom shared a story I had never known before.  I never knew she had a younger brother who died at the age of 2 1/2 from diptheria.  I learned so much about my mom during those 90 minutes.  I wish she lived close enough to come weekly to my classes.  I want to know more about her life and her stories before she forgets completely.  It is heartbreaking when you see someone you love start to lose their memories…

My mom sharing her story with the class
Melitas, Me, My mom, and the Warden

2 Comments to “Teaching my mom…”

  1. Yes, Tammy, it would be so great to have your Mom go on after yesterday’s class and keep on writing all those stories that we know must be there just waiting to pop out. I knew you were hearing stuff you had never heard before. Besides, I’d like her to be around since she likes to “take care” of me, holding me up while we walk so I won’t fall down.

  2. I know, my mom loves you so much! She always asks about you…aw heck we all love you Melitas!!

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.


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