It’s strange that it’s gotten harder, but I now have consensus — at least from my dad and brother — that yes, in fact, it has. Before, we were all worried about Mom. Now. . . now there’s nothing to do but feel the loss. And wow, it just sucks. I’ve had more than one more moment when I’ve thought, I am so unhappy, I need to call Mom, and then realized, uh, yeah, not so much. Such a strange, strange sad feeling.

But Dad came over tonight and we ate salmon, potatoes, salad for dinner, and then watched Source Code. The two dogs were reasonably well-behaved and remarkably delightful and it was a nice interlude in a day that was filled with a lot of unexpected tears.