“Do you want to go with me to visit Granny?” daughter Sara asked on the two-week anniversary of my mother’s death. The three of us are bound together by what I call the “only girl” gene. Mom was the only girl after five older brothers. I am her only daughter and Sara her only granddaughter. We captured this serendipity in a three-generation gold charm bracelet we had made for Mom’s 80th birthday. She last wore it on her hundredth. I remember Sara clasping it on her grandma’s tiny wrist.
On what would be the last night of her life, I sat by my mother’s bedside in the nursing home. Her pneumonia was worse, requiring misty air flow through a clear plastic mask. Because I had a cold, I was also wearing a mask, and I could not tell if she recognized me. But I sensed that she heard me. Maybe I just needed to believe it.
Like most Jewish mothers, mine dreamed of her daughter marrying a Jewish doctor. In an other worldly sort of scenario my mother, who just turned 101, will finally get her wish as my husband and I enter the Twilight Zone next weekend, at the Clarke Center in Arcadia. When we got married nearly 30 years ago, George was neither a doctor nor Jewish, so Mom’s dream was unfulfilled. When he converted a few years ago, Mom got half her wish.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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