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Shaping MemoriesReflections of African American Women Writers$
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Joanne Veal Gabbin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732740

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732740.001.0001

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A Birth and a Death, or Everything Important Happens on Monday

A Birth and a Death, or Everything Important Happens on Monday

(p.138) A Birth and a Death, or Everything Important Happens on Monday
Shaping Memories

Daryl Cumber Dance

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter recounts the story of a point in Daryl Cumber Dance’s life where change swooped in without ceremony, warning, or explanation, suddenly and abruptly altering everything in a moment. It was 1995 when Dance first became a grandmother. During a visit to her son and first grandson, her daughter called to deliver bad news—her mother required immediate surgery for colon cancer, the dreaded disease that had claimed the lives of her grandmother and aunt. Suddenly, death was competing with life for Dance’s attention. With surgery scheduled for Monday, she also remembered how her mother always declared that everything important in her life happened on a Monday: “I was born on Monday, I got married on Monday, you [Dance] were born on Monday, Allen [Dance’s father] died on Monday, my first grandson was born on Monday...I know I will die on Monday.”

Keywords:   change, Daryl Cumber Dance, death, life, colon cancer, Monday

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