She was born in 1886, married at 18, and had her first child a year
later. Her sixth child only lived 10 months. The seventh child was born
one month after her fifth child died. At the age of 46 and the height of
the Great Depression, she entered a hospital for the insane. It is there
she would die 36 years later.
into nothingness . . .
During her time in the hospital, her surviving children would visit on
Sundays. They grew to adults and had families of their own. To their
children and grandchildren, they spoke fondly of their mother but said
little about how or why she came to be in a hospital for the insane.
Things might have been different today for this woman.
dancing in the wind . . .