Margaret Reed, 56, Springfield, Va., systems security consultant
“Norma” was one of my mother’s favorite operas and earned the place of honor on the front of the shirt. When she passed away in 2012, the minister of the family church helped us pick out “Casta Diva” from “Norma” to play at her funeral. He knew she would enjoy it, even if it wasn’t exactly music for the church.
Perhaps the shirt represents my lifelong pull between being the sullen teenage girl and the mature daughter. No matter how many years went by, I often felt 16 when I went back home to visit my mother. Rediscovering the shirt has propelled me to explore opera, and in doing that, I’ve found a new way to connect with her.
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