Googling the afterlife

Sometimes I google my mom’s name, as though maybe I will find that she is actually alive and living her best life in some small coastal town on the eastern seaboard. And I’m always a little bit surprised in a far reach of my consciousness when the only pictures that come up are the ones my sister and brother and I uploaded for her obituary. Humans are odd creatures. Or maybe just this one. I don’t know – it didn’t really make me sad tonight, it made me smile a bit at the way we accept things as they are even while we instinctively reach for how we wish they could be.

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