Helen MacAusland, 95, of Wilton, Conn., died suddenly on Oct. 28, 2016, at the Hunt Community in Nashua, N.H., her home since 2005. Suddenly, because she had only transitioned to assisted living four months before. During that transition, she had to wear an ankle bracelet due to being deemed a flight risk.
A flight risk. She was, indeed, one. Before the start of every summer, since 1960, we expected to see the multitude of shopping bags from AAA filled with Triptiks, maps, and camping and (a few) hotel books. Each one checked thoroughly by the navigator because we were driving to 48 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, and about half of the states in Mexico. We had to fly to Hawaii, of course. (Damn you, Alaska.) Dad at the wheel (except when you could go 80 in Kansas) and mom entertaining us girls with homemade MadLibs and “I spy with my little eye” games.