Julie Charnet is a freelance writer and musician. Her work has appeared in New York Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, PhillyVoice.com, Gannett, and the University of Pennsylvania. She loves jazz, food, and speaking with humans.
“Call me tomorrow sweetheart,” my mother said, groggily. “I just can’t today.”
I hung up disappointed. She was supposed to help me choose a new chicken recipe for a party at work. But I…knew her illness well. When I was eight, I first experienced how debilitating my mother’s problem was. “Come on mom, please get up!” I’d pleaded. It was my first lead in a dance recital, and my strict teacher held parents accountable for their child’s attendance. “Anyone who misses rehearsal is out," he warned. I shook… >> Read More