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Monica A. Andermann

All Aboard

By Monica A. Andermann

All Aboard

There I stood in the parking lot, cradling a cardboard box filled with my personal items. I glanced over my shoulder at the tall office building before shoving the container into the back seat of my car. So this is what twenty-two years of dedicated service amounts to, I thought. Only minutes earlier, I’d been […]

A Lesson on Family

By Monica A. Andermann

A Lesson on Family

I hauled the boxes and suitcases into the bedroom at the top of the stairs. The day had finally arrived: my brother Louis, an adult with Down syndrome, was moving into a community residence to be shared with five other special needs adults. Louis was taking the move in stride, familiarizing himself with his new […]

For The Love of Gram

By Monica A. Andermann

For The Love of Gram

I looked around my sun porch, stunned. Each and every one of my prized houseplants stood in icy suspension like some frosty fairy tale forest. I sighed and inhaled back an odd scent, a cross between freshly cut grass and dried tea leaves. How could I have let this happen? I asked myself. How could […]

Like Mother, Like Daughter

By Monica A. Andermann

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Each morning I looked across the breakfast table at Mom. Was she really my mother? On the eve of my fifteenth year, I seemed to have so little in common with her. Mom liked vanilla ice cream, I liked chocolate; I painted my fingernails and wore eye shadow, Mom preferred “the natural look;” I liked […]

A Spoonful of Memories

By Monica A. Andermann

I peered out of the door that leads from our kitchen to the backyard. Lately, my husband, Bill, and I had been contemplating a move, an upgrade, to a home with more living space and a larger yard. A yard. I think that will always be the part of home ownership I love the most, […]