That was like a kick to the chest. Excellent article. Great read and thanks for sharing Ron.
I lost my mother to cancer a few years ago and due to circumstances out of both of our control, I was not there for her. I applaud you and your brother.
Wow. Ron's column this time around hit a little too close to home for me.
Discovered comics through older brother. Check.
Siblings were all considerably older so growing up as the youngest was more like being an only child. Check.
Had mom who brought home comics on a weekly basis while growing up. Check.
Lost mom to dementia. Check.
Ron, if you're checking in on the comments, I know where you're coming from. Just lost my mom last month after a long war with this terrible disease and a comparatively short but fatal battle with pneumonia. Cherish the memories, share them as much as you can with those you love, and keep connected to family and friends.
Ditto on the "reading my life story exactly". Last child, a "surprise", older brother's comics got me started, Mom brought home comics, Mom now has dementia.
Mom's 81 and still kinda "there" but with zero short term memory.
You're not alone in your experience, that's for sure, Ron!
Ron Marz's mom could be my grandmother. She always loved taking me to the bookstore (when they still had bookstores at the mall), and I'd be allowed one book per visit. Sometimes it took forever for me to choose, but like Ron's mom, I was never rushed.
Thanks for sharing, Ron. Those are great memories & should be cherished.
Easily the best article I have read in a long while. While it may seem like it has little to do with comics themselves, anybody who has ever written anything can attest to the fact that writing is usually little more than a stylized self-portrait of the adventures, imagination, successes, and disappointments of the writer's life.
The grip of old age is the fate that awaits all of us who end up lucky enough (or unlucky enough, depending on how different people view it) to reach such an end. All too often ignored in our youth, it is a topic well worth discussing and something that affects everybody at some point or another.