OBJECTS IN MY MOTHER'S CAR AT THE TIME OF HER DEATH (AT AGE 45).

  1. Container of Tic-Tacs, half full.
  2. A Frederic Chopin cassette tape, in the player.
  3. A plastic cassette tape holder, broken but functional.
  4. A Vick's Nasal Inhaler Tube.
  5. Empty sunglasses case, pale pink.
  6. Spiral-bound, pocket size Mead notebook into which nothing was written.
  7. A tumble of pens, most without caps.
  8. A box of Kleenex, half full, wedged against rear window.
  9. Three packets of "mild" hot sauce.
  10. The owner's manual of the car, a Toyota, 10 years old.
  11. A receipt for four new tires signed by my mother, who paid in cash.
  12. A single glove.
  13. Lip balm.
  14. A scatter of coins, unspent.