My mother was visiting us. She sat on the couch while I played with my two year old son, Josh on the floor.

At one point my mother said to me, “I could never do that.”

I assumed she meant she couldn’t get down on the floor to play with Josh. She was already in her seventies. Her joints were stiffening up a bit and she was slowing down a little also. I wanted to be clear on what she meant so I said to her, “Could never do what?”

Her response was, “Play with Josh like that. …

Mark Goblowsky

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