The Gift I Never Sent

It would’ve been too painful to keep it


Photo of my sister, outside in the snow, wearing a red scarf and facing right in profile
My sister. Photo by the author.

My sister Carol would’ve turned 72 today — if she hadn’t died of a heart attack three weeks before her 43rd birthday. A pack-a-day smoking habit — hers and her husband’s — bad genes, and financial stress did her in.



Chris Raymond
The Memoirist

Artist, designer, friend, snark lover, former jock. Cynical takes on senior life. **View my lists for stories by category. ** Art @ chrisaraymond.net