She looked once again at the ground, focusing on the word that was printed in the boldest letters: PHILOMENA.
Theresa dropped to her knees and touched the letters, gently feeling the depressions they made in the cool soil. Phil could remember clearly how her mother raised her dirt-covered fingers to her lips, kissed them tenderly, and then moved the hand steadily downward till the fingers came once again to rest upon her name.
Philomena watched as her mother's body shook, as her eyes darted again and again over the letters. She watched and heard the sobs, first barely audible, then louder and louder...
Author Biography: Mary Vigliante Szydlowski was born in Albany, New York, the daughter of Italian immigrant parents. She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated from State University of New York at Albany. She has published six novels under various pseudonyms and is also the author of a children's book. Her short stories and poems have appeared in magazine and newspapers.