Here is a conversation in the hospital between a mom who can’t talk so she writes on a pad instead, and her adult daughter:

Your hair is up.

Do you like it, Mom?

A “chignon.”

Yes. Ha! A “shig-nun.” I didn’t know it was called that.

It isn’t.

You just wrote it down “chignon.”


She knows what?


Mom, please don’t be upset. It’s just hair.


About Mrs. Fitz

Hello! I'm Michele Fitzpatrick, a Chicago writer. Like our town, a work in progress. As a journalist, teacher and writing coach I think all of us live our stories and sharing them creates moments that remind us we're connected. And that is enough.
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