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Kerry's Mother and Her Odd Final Words

Friday, 15 October 2004 12:00 AM

It was just after 3 a.m. when I arrived at her home, urgently called there in the middle of a rainy Miami night by her live-in, full-time nurse. Mama was sitting on the edge of her death-bed, grasping at the last thread of life that cancer had left in her riddled body, her palms-down hands braced on the mattress and her feet dangling limply to the floor.

I sat down next to her, wrapped my arms around her waist, and began kissing her sweaty head, now cradled on my right shoulder. A glib young man with a quip for any occasion, I was speechless – mute testimony to the precipitous loss of my mother that was unfolding rapidly.

Marshaling just enough strength to speak, she whispered to me, "Michael, I love you so much," then died.

In listening to Senator Kerry as he recalled his mother's final words, I was shocked by their oddity, and also burdened with this profoundly frightening question:

Why would any mother use her last breath to lecture her 58-year-old son to be honest?

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