Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Billy Bugasky

On Mother’s Day, something comes up in conversation about Mike. My mother asks me how long it has been since Mike died. “A little over a year, Ma. He died in late February last year.”

“Well,” she says, “I’m awful upset. My high school boyfriend Billy Bugasky died. I still can’t believe it. Billy Bugasky. Awful upset.”
Please note that Billy Bugasky died about a year ago at the age of 90. But he was her high school boyfriend. She graduated from high school in 1943 and in the intervening years she was married to my father for nearly 65 years. But she’s awful upset about Billy Bugasky. I guess she just wasn’t expecting it—maybe in her mind he’s still a teenage boy.


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