“I am now an orphan.”

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.

Thelma McGee and Slena Mae Peebles 1945

Photo of Burden's & Greer's Mothers



About emanita01

I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a member of the Geneva Writers Group and the Association La Forge, a literary group based in France. I write stories, poems and am currently working on a couple of plays, a one-woman show and actively learning how to perform stand-up comedy.
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