Edited extract taken from Mother… by Carolyn Murray Greer (link to orignal text at the end of this post).
Sue Burden and [Carolyn Murray Greer] were talking after [Burden] had lost her mother in January of 2007.
[Burden] stated, “I am now an orphan. Imagine that, being an orphan when you are our age.”
[Greer] did not comprehend the profoundness of that statement at the time.
[They] had both already lost [their] fathers and that was hard, mighty hard.
Hard. I [Greer]. Say.
[Burden] went on to state that losing Daddy was hard, but losing her mother seemed harder; she questioned if it was harder because now she felt like an orphan.
[Burden] said she no longer ‘belonged’ to someone; there was no one left that ‘had’ to love her no matter what. Others could choose to love her, but they were not commanded or required to do so, like a Mother.