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Parent Loss

It Lies Below The Land of the Remembered

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 05.05.2016 | Latino Voices
Alexandra Rosas

Do not mess with the radio dial when a song comes on that I'm contemplating for my funeral. I need to hear it for the full 3 minutes and 32 seconds ...

Each Father's Day, I Remember

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Alexandra Rosas

My parents would have parties in our basement and the old records from South America would be pulled out. My father, with a brown bottle of beer in his hand and the always-present 1960′s fixture of a cigarette hanging from his lower lip, would slide his feet back and forth.

The Lesson I Learned Only After Losing My Mother

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 07.25.2014 | Fifty
Alexandra Rosas

Children never wonder why there is food on the table, or why they have coats and boots to keep their feet dry in the winter. We think a house with heat comes by magic. It isn't until adulthood, when we're parents ourselves in a dual-income family with half the children that my mother had, that we wonder in disbelief, how did she do it all and alone?

7 Things Mom Taught Me About Living

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

Lesson #1: Tell a good story with a straight face, no matter how outrageous it is. Never crack a smile during the delivery, and if people say they don't believe you, tell them it matters not... you were there, and it happened.

The Loss of a Father

Gina Barreca | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Gina Barreca

What I carry from him, like coins in my pocket against the poverty of his loss, is an understanding that all any of us has is whatever is left of the day. And I make the most of it, hay while the sun shines, and I raise a toast to life.