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her smiles and her hugs,
her cooking and her famous pickles.
Her salami sandwiches and
cold nuts in her freezer
were famous with my kids when they were little.
How much she loved her children.
How much she loved us all.
The look on her face when her brother
put a hole in her wall on Desconso Way
then didn’t come back for a week
to fix her kitchen.
Her checking labels to make sure
the bread was gluten-free for Joe.
The little things we take for granted
make us smile for a moment
though our tears.