Mom

Mom is a loving and beautifully written portrait of a mother and her son.

Hugo Borst has been acting as a family caregiver for over three years now, caring for his 86-year-old mother who’s suffering from dementia. In a heartwrenching yet often humorous manner he writes about the far-reaching consequences of her declining spirit. While addressing the inevitable move to an elderly home, Borst reminisces about his youth and about his mother in better times. Mom is a loving and beautifully written portrait of a mother and her son.

Mom has been here for three weeks now and she’s at it again every day. I’d rather not go visit her for a while.
“It’s awful here,” she says. Then she keeps silent. Ostentatiously.
I put my hand on her knee.
She points to the top of her head and says, “It might be better if you just bash my head in.”
“That would land me in jail, mom.”
“That’s true,” she replies, and she ponders and that’s what I do too, pondering. Pondering about her yearning for a coup de grâce.
Here or there?

  • Winnaar van de Hebban Award Non-fictie 2016

Hugo Borst bij DWDD

Hugo Borst bij DWDD


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