My mother is going back to college at 89
This is all at once a tribute to your Mom, a highlights history of 20th Century America, a reminder of rural-urban social phenomena. (You may recall I did an ethnography of Hong Kong squatter shantytowns.) It is also written with... gentle understanding. Where did you learn that?
Next time you come down from the "sticks" of Great Barrington to the Big Apple, give a ring and we can do a brunch or lunch in the neighborhood of Columbia University. I'll tell you my participant-observer's story of the student uprising of 1968.
This is an incredible story and congratulations to your Mother for pursuing her dream of finishing her college degree.