Robert’s 40th Birthday
Another red light.
We hit nearly every one since leaving the house — late. Mom grimaces. I grind my teeth shut. Mira and Frankie sit quietly at ease.
My brother’s 40th birthday pizza party begins without us.
unanswered prayers for
a smooth passage
The residents of the Kathleen Lukens Living Center eat so quietly. Even Robert! I take another slice of pizza.
The conversations erupt after they finish. Then the staff brings out the cake. Robert tears up as we all sing, “Happy Birthday.”
his smiles, even
more by FRANK J. TASSONE
photograph by Stephanie McCabe