Mandy — dressed in black — welcomes a line of guests. They fill the Suffern Library Meeting room to capacity. Her boys, in their dark suits, sit next to her weary mother on chairs facing a flower stand and two tables of photos.
She delivers the eulogy, choking up halfway through it. Her father — award-winning Suffern HS Physics teacher, Library trustee and avid hiker — would have told her and the rest of us to not make such a fuss.
a single maple
more by FRANK J. TASSONE
photograph by Lola Guti