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for a number of years now, and since my mom was the only niece who cared about Aunt Mae’s health, she became the de facto caretaker. She’d been driving down to Aunt Mae’s house in Branton every other day for the past year to cart her around to appointments and such. I assumed it was the doctor’s office to confirm another appointment. I went back to watching my documentary. Five minutes later, my mom came in and asked me to turn off the television.

Teary eyed, my mom said, “Daniel, Aunt Mae is gone.”
“What? How?”
“Natural causes, last night. One of her friends came to pick her up for bingo, and when