Updated Jan. 21, 2021
Alison Aucoin doesn't seem like the type of person given to making profane gestures. But after her mother, Lynn Evans, contracted Covid and died last April in New Orleans, Alison -- livid with anger -- posted a photograph to Facebook that quickly went viral. Alison's post, a raw rant straight from the heart, was directed at Donald Trump and his egregeious mishandling of the pandemic that killed her mother.
Katie interviews Alison about her mother's life, their mutual devotion, and the terrible circumstances around Lynn's illness and death.
As of today, Thursday, Jan. 21,2021, the CDC puts the total number of deaths in the U.S. at 404,689.
Let's put that number in perspective. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake killed 3,000 people in the SF Bay Area. The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 killed 2,605 people. These latest tolls from Covid are happening in a single day.
Lynn Evans is one of those lost to this pandemic. Each one of those people has a story, and for the loved ones left behind, devastating grief.
Alison's original Facebook post can be found here.
Don't forget to visit us at ourmothersourselves.com. And while you're there, please contribute your word to the mother word cloud.
Music composed and performed by Andrea Perry.
Artwork by Paula Mangin. (@PaulaBallah)
Producer: Alice Hudson
Extra special thanks this week to Kevin Clark and the Dukes of Dixieland for permission to play a couple of songs. Kevin is on trumpet, and on Stardust Tom McDermott is on piano and the late Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris is the vocalist.