Family

Mom’s Final Request

Pass the joint

William Mersey
The Memoirist
Published in
4 min readFeb 29, 2024

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picture of my 90 year-old mother sitting on a bench smoking a cigarette
photo by author — Mom at age 90. Check out the cigarette with the long ash. That was Mom!

My mother is 93 years old. The chances she will make it to her 94th birthday 6 months from now are slim to none. Mom is bed-ridden and almost deaf and blind. Seventy-five years of smoking cigarettes have finally caught up with her. She’s been diagnosed with lung cancer.

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William Mersey
The Memoirist

Daily Beast, NY Daily News, Daily Mail, Independent contributor. Old/jaded cynic. Can't code/don't want to know how. Hate artificial stupidity. Call don't text.