"I saw my first dead body." I announced to my Mother as the train pulled out of the station, making its way back to Chicago.
"No, you didn't. And what?"
I explained about the day. The day that felt so long because of the standing and the sadness. Sadness made the second hand on his watch stop.
And if the sadness wasn't enough to fill the room, she took up the rest of it. This complete stranger who dominated the space, and made me more nervous than any of the other strangers, even though she never asked me an awkward question or looked at me as though she had maybe met me before (No, that was someone else).
"Grandma Payton was your first dead body," Mom explained.
Grandma Payton who lives on in over-told stories of swivel stools and potty training.
"Yeah, you were three and you rushed right up to the casket and stared down at her. You thought it was the coolest thing."
"Mom, what kind of sick fuck kid did you raise?"