straw star and pine branch

“Iris, I have something very special to tell you,” I said. “This morning early our mother died and went home to heaven.”

“Oh wow!” Iris responded with reverence and awe. “My mother went to heaven!” She paused between each word, her tone suggesting that this was the best news I could possibly bring. “Wow!” she repeated a few more times in wonder.

Then she turned and looked straight at me. I waited to receive the profound wisdom or comfort that was surely coming.

“What’s for lunch?” she asked.

A daughter with Down syndrome comes to terms with her mother’s death.