Here’s to you, Cupertino

I’ve lived in Monterey for 7 1/2 months. My mother-in-law, Gayle, suffered from Alzheimer’s and thought I lived in Cupertino, which is just down the road.

She and Wally had lived in Cupertino and she loved the mountains and the ocean. And was so glad I liked Cupertino.

She was always glad. Always in a good mood. Always pleasant. Always willing to help with the kids when Mark and I were busy.

We had a great visit this Christmas. All her boys were in and she was really present. Really aware.

My heart is broken right now that I won’t spend any more Christmases with Gayle. That my kids lost their grandmother. That Nacho will go unpetted.

But I am glad for Gayle. She has missed Wally so much. They were a matched pair and it seemed that she was always trying to find him. Find her missing piece.

I like to think that now they’re together, in his new convertible, riding down California highway 1. On the way to Cupertino.

About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.
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