Mother was enthusiastic when he said he would be back for dinner. Over-enthusiastic. She cooked a feast, fussed over him, and talked to him very eagerly.
It was a casual visit for him, but for her, it was an exceptional event. He dropped off a wad of cash in a biscuit tin, nibbled at some food, and rushed off again.
He wasn’t unappreciative; he was just busy.
But out in the dark, lightning struck, and lightning struck on him, literally.
It was a moment of awakening: caring for mother was more than giving money and the occasional dinner. It wasn’t about him, it was about her.
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