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I Laid My Head in My Mother's Lap
By: Susan Mickelson

© 2006 by Susan Mickelson.

She was starting to get anxious and restless, so I sat her next to me on the couch. I had the urge to lay my head on her lap. It has been years since I did that and it brought back a flood of memories of my childhood.

She gently smoothed my hair and ran her cool hand over my face. She spoke softly, saying "It's nice" and other words which didn't really make sentences, yet were comforting to hear.

As a child I had many earaches and she would have a heating pad under my head as I laid my head on my Mother's lap. When we were in church, I would sometimes get restless, as most small children do. I laid my head in my Mother's lap, she'd smooth my hair and run her cool hands over my face.

Even though she can't remember my name or her words don't always make sense anymore, I cried knowing she still remembered how to be my Mother when I laid my head in my Mother's lap.

Susan Mickelson.

Susan was born and raised in suburban Maryland. She followed her parents to Virginia more than 30 years ago and has been in nursing for more than 30 years. She is now retired and cares for her mother.

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