Stories: Who We Have Lost

Midnight Birthday call

Who did you lose to Covid 19? Alicia Rivera

My mom was always the first to call me at midnight on my birthday. Since her passing in 2020, my birthday hasn’t been the same. I am sad and keep isolated.

This year, for some reason, I felt different and did what mom would want me to do … I celebrated my 60 years with my children, grandchildren and friends, I went to moms favorite place “the casino,” and I gambled.

Mom loved the slot machines and so that’s what I did. I was happy and definitely felt my mom with me, especially when I heard “ding ding ding.” Yes, I won, and I know that my mom playing with me. Mom, you are my favorite Birth-Day present.

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