What an article my dearest @agmoore2 !
The way you so skillfully intertwined the many stories into the smallpox topic fascinates me. Including your mum's story: The realization of a dream in such a delicate moment of her life. Very touching.
Your article brought so many things to mind. The events that took place at the hospital in Birmingham are like those of a horror movie. My goodness, how susceptible and fragile are we? And, when we think such situations belong only in the archives of history, the Zika and Ebola viruses remind us of our fragility. Of our continuing fragility. That's why learning about how resilient the smallpox virus is is so terrifying!
It was beautiful to read that Venice and the ferry journey brought delight to your mum. Imagining your exploration of Vienna's street during Easter time is quite romantic! And your time in London ... oh ... souvenirs ... how lovely :) I admire with a certain level of jealousy people who have been gifted with spontaneity. A grand tour with minimum planning is most certainly something to be proud of for pulling off
Thank you for sharing this touching, personal life experience with us here my dear.
Oh, and before I forget. That's an adorable photo of you mother's!
With more respect and affection than ever before :*
Your Brazilian friend :)