#52snapshots 2022 | Week 10, Time Travel Redux

Week10’s #52snapshots prompt requires making a list of moments in the past when you didn’t get to say what you needed to say either because the timing or setting was wrong or because it was too scary.

My list included telling a couple of people off, but wait, I did tell them off though perhaps years too late to be effective. But then I thought about my parents’ deaths and how I didn’t get to say goodbye. I didn’t exactly know in October 1997 that my father was dying, although he had serious conditions and was on dialysis for diabetic kidney failure. I did know my mother was failing in June 2008 after she didn’t rally from a surgery.

As I wrote, I teared up thinking about all the times my father showed how much he loved me and about how I knew my mother saw her mother and beloved Bubbe in her last days.

Lillian and Milton Krasner at a Krasner family reunion in 1990

What moment would you go back to to say what needed to be said? Write about it.

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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