Pain

THE EMOTIONAL GRIPPING BEHIND PAIN

I know my mom will not mind me telling your this story.

It was new year’s day, 2010.  My mother and I were sitting at the breakfast table in her home in Venezuela. She was restless, struggling with an incredibly itchy rash on her face and neck. As I ate my breakfast and read the newspaper, I was suddenly startled by an anguished, desperate squeal she let out.