My daughter Kaitlyn and I visited my sister Debby in Barrington, RI, last weekend. We went down to look for a wedding dress for Kaitlyn, and to see my mother who lives nearby in an assisted living apartment. We all had dinner together at Debby's, and after dinner Kaitlyn took these pictures of our hands. My mother, Edna, is 86 years old and has Alzheimer's. (I sometimes wonder if memory is overated, because my mother is truly living in the moment. Isn't this what the Zen masters seek?) My father died 10 years ago, and Mom's dearest companion now is her cat, Arabella. Mom is most content when Arabella sits purring in her lap.
Edna and Arabella, 2005
Pastel and charcoal on Rives BFK, 22" x 30"
Collection of Deborah Milman