I’m a city girl (OK, an old city girl) from my taste buds that crave Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Pandam to the designer sandals wrapped around my size 8 1/2 feet. I like looking out my kitchen window and seeing my neighbor’s blinds winking back. I enjoy the sounds of traffic even if the fumes will eventually kill me. I haven’t enjoyed a starlit sky in a long time but, hey, I can always hop a train to the diamond district to get a bling fix. Yet, in the stillness of night, (we have night time stillness in Queens. It no longer exists in Manhattan.) I miss the country. Specifically, I yearn for New England.Read More
One More Thing Before I Go
Last spring when the scent of lilacs followed me from the backyard into my kitchen, I thought of my mother’s distant cousin and her daughters, who, like my lilacs, visited yearly when the earth warmed and the days grew longer. I pictured us all in idyllic memories of jump rope games and playing with dolls. But, except for MaryAnn, the littlest daughter, I could not remember their names.
A few years ago, I could have called my mother. She would have teased me for my forgetfulness, asked what I was making for dinner (there was never a phone conversation where we didn’t talk about food) and repeated her mother-to-daughter mantra, “When are you coming over?” We would have shared stories of those long-ago days before hanging-up and re-joining our lives. But my mother has passed on and while the images of our family lingers-the details are lost. I write One more thing before I go, my living record for my son, in hope that one day, when he has a question I can no longer answer, it can be found in this blog.