The Memoirist
Published in

The Memoirist

Eleven Years Later, His Death’s Still Not Up For Discussion

2010: Stu fixing Cuyler’s tie before his graduation from 5th grade, the only graduation of our younger son that Stu would see. Photo by me.

Rumor has it that people talk about the deaths of their spouses. And I mean specifics about the day, the night, the morning the person died.

The sticky, sweet smell in the room, the way the light from the baby monitor glowed red and relentless on a table overflowing with pills and drops and nurse’s notes, the ping of the pain pump going off for the three…




We publish memoirs, personal essays, and fictional memoir. Creative stories unpacked from the nostalgic hope chests of our lives.

Recommended from Medium

My Father Was a Serious Man

The Last Day We Saw Her Eyes Open

April 7 2017 — Birthday Number 27

My 1970s Childhood Halloweens in a Single Parent Household

A Teenager’s life story


a christmas miracle


Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Susan McCorkindale

Susan McCorkindale

Rugby mom, soccer mom, author, hopeless optimist. Reach me at

More from Medium

The Pampered Baby Caper

An Alcohol Related Car Crash That Killed 4 Small Children and 3 Adults

wrecked car

I Have Post-Concussive Syndrome

Not In My Back Yard!

A long-haired, tattoo-covered female inmate in an orange jumpsuit leans through the bars of her cell, looking pensive. Her cot is in the background.