My mother was a gentle, thoughtful, well-loved third grade teacher. She had divorced my father and had lived alone in a condominium with a small courtyard. My mother had became very sullen and isolated in her last few years and at 54 years-old she had a re-occurrence of her breast cancer. Fortunately I was able to come back from Japan and be with her during her last 6 weeks. I stayed in her hospital room 24 hours a day, sleeping in the chair next to her bed. But every few days, during those 6 weeks, I would go back to her condominium, collect her mail and water her plants. And after my mother passed away I stayed in that condominium for 3 weeks taking care of final details.
One evening, just after sun set, two weeks after her death, I was feeling a little sad about my mother when I saw something, through the corner of my eye, moving in the court yard. I looked out the large glass door window and saw my mother in her favorite bathrobe walking through the garden looking down at her plants. She walked peacefully and reflectively. Our eyes did not meet. And of course, to say the least, the apparition startled me, and within less than a second after the startle, her image faded and I sat there doubting my sanity. Her image in the garden would be a far better last memory than that of her last hours in the hospital. I am thankful.
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