The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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I interviewed my sister Tess. I asked her about my mom and a hard time that stuck out to her that our mom has helped her through. She said this fit into her life because it shaped her into who she is today and without our moms help, she might have seen some darker times.

“I found a place in Philly with my friend and we are going to move there”, my sister said to my mom right after graduating from college. She had gotten a job there and did not want to move back home. “I’m so proud of you, Tess. But you don’t want to stay at home for a while to save money?”, my mom asked with hopes of her changing her mind. After four years of being away my mom really missed her. “No, mom, I’m ready for this.”

 Having her own place in Philly was exciting for her. She loved her job and had all of her friends in the city with her. It was every 20-something year-olds dream to be on their own surrounded by friends. They would explore the city, go to bars, go to shows, and she was excited to have all of these things right in her new neighborhood. But it was also hard for her. Paying rent, hanging with friends, and other bills started to add up.

With the stress of bills and work being thrown at her, Tess started to get worked up. She called her mom to vent. “I have so much going on and issues with some friends. I just am so stressed out” she said to her mom on the phone. “Okay Tess, I can come down to the city we can get dinner or go shopping?” her mom responded with a weariness in her voice. “Mom, that is the last thing I want to do right now!” Tess responded, this time sounding extremely distressed. Her mom hung up the phone out of sadness and disappointment.

 Tess could not make rent and knew she could go to her mom for help. However, after their last phone call she was not sure how her mom would react. “Mom, can you help me with rent this month?”, she said to our mom over the phone. My mom is extremely giving and was more than happy to help. She saw how happy Tess was in Philly and knew it was not easy for her to ask for help. “Of course, Tess. Do you want me to drop off some groceries too?” Our mom always goes above and beyond and this gave Tess a little breathing room for the month. She could relax and not stress over how she was going to pay rent and her other bills on her entry level salary.

 Now that Tess has grown and become the successful woman she is, she finds so many ways to repay my mom for everything she has done. She gave her a gift card for United Airlines so our mom can visit her in San Francisco whenever she wants. “We are so lucky to have mom in our lives. There have been so many hard times that she, without question, helped me through. Her kindness and selflessness have turned me into the person I am today.”

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I interviewed my sister Tess. I asked her about my mom and a hard time that stuck out to her that our mom has helped her through. She said this fit into her life because it shaped her into who she is today and without our moms help, she might have seen some darker times.

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Recorded by Maggie Cameron on April 27, 2020
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