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I found my mother's suicide note.

by Hells_Kitchen_baby on March 21, 2008   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr


When I was thirteen, my mother commited suicide after a lifetime of chronic depression and numerous attempts. Time was the sixties and place was New Orleans and suicide wasn't spoken of, especially to children, and wasn't put on a death certificate if the family knew the right good ol' boy. No one said the word "suicide." I knew what had happened but no one would talk to me about it. Days later I found her suicide note squirreled away in a secretary. My father continued his denial and told me it was from an "earlier attempt." (I don't think he ever saw the irony in his excuse.) Although I got no truth from the living, at least my mother left her note as evidence, and I knew with certainty what happened. (BTW, her note was six words: "No flowers, no funeral, no nothing.")

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