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Anne Carroll Fowler, PhD, MDiv
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Editor’s Note: “I wrote this poem to memorialize my mother’s ­introduction to her first great-grandchild, and the only one she lived to see. Mother was suffering from dementia; I doubt she’d ever been in a bowling alley in her life.” The Reverend Anne ­Carroll Fowler is an Episcopal priest and rector of St. John’s Church in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

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Chest. 2011;139(3):717. doi:10.1378/chest.10-0393
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Amelia’s a hit with all Mother’s nurses.
First great-grandchild? She’s adorable!
But Mother’s skeptical. She clings tight
to her stuffed owl, a comfort in this
strange company. – Too bad about
the deformity, she announces. What
is she thinking? What baby, in what decade?
– Grandma, her name’s Amelia, Liz says
firmly, want to hold her? No, she does not,
she has her hands full with this bird. – Look
I tell her, four generations of family
women all together! Mother sits up
straighter in her hospital bed. – That baby’s
head is very round, she says. I think she’ll
be a bowler, a very good one.




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