We found a small wooden box with a few newspaper clippings Mom had saved.

There were three notices of her dance recitals.  As a young woman she was a member of a modern dance troupe, but turned down an offer by Martha Graham to dance professionally since it would have meant leaving college.

There was a neatly trimmed notice of her marriage to my father.

And her own father’s obituary, torn out by hand and carefully folded in half.

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