I watch as my mother sorts through the myriad of bottles
Carefully reading each label and jotting down pill counts and dates
She adjusts her Wal-Mart readers as she moves to all the secret stashes
All this for the silver-haired couple sitting next to me finishing their ice cream
I mentally take notes on how to do this and preserve dignity
One day I will be the one counting the pills and scooping the ice cream.