Memoir: Guacamole Moments

This excerpt was submitted by Susan E. Woods ’70 from a lovely, unique book published by Susan and her mother, Helen H. Woods, MD ’36, entitled  Guacamole Conversations: Mother Daughter Reflections across Time and Place.

I’d like to coin a new phase: guacamole moments – named for way my Mother expressed that word to capture all she was missing of her former life on the Texas Gulf Coast, when she practiced medicine and my father was alive. Guacamole moments are unspoken moments of recognition, appreciation, regret and connection that fall below the surface of everyday interactions with those we love. They are the shared understandings we realize between the lines of explicit events but most too fail to express.

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