Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
The Last Page

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"I might get lucky tonight,"
you said. "So don't page me."
"Is that something you want
to tell your Mom?" I asked,
referring to the getting lucky.

When you came in at 5:30 a.m.,
you said you just fell asleep over there.
"Happened before.
Might happen again, and
you shouldn't have paged me."

I asked if you cared whether or not
I got any sleep.
You said you could take care of yourself.
"Fine," I said.
"Go out on your own,
and don't page me."

We call each other from time to time,
but we never ever page.

Mary Langer Thompson is currently the principal of an elementary school in the high desert of California. She is mother to Matthew, now grown and a successful computer technician.

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