APOLOGIA: YOU WILL FIND “I” AND “ME” IN HERE OFTEN. That’s because my wife, who is also from
I AM FROM
(Nope, that’s not right. How about)
I AM FROM
(I’m still not getting my point across. Lessee)
I AM FROM
I’m gone, by-bye, far away, moved. It took 65 years but no more $500 annual parking ticket budget, sky rats, strange people sleeping in the streets, passersby arguing with themselves and losing. No more rush hour, subway, shoulder to shoulder bustle and bump, “cleaning” windshields, strange green gobs of mucous on the sidewalk.
I was a Great Depression baby, born at home near the intersection of Myrtle and
If you were a baseball fan, you had died and gone to Heaven early. A ten cent subway ride took you to the Wonderlands of Yankee Stadium, Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds. I was not a fan.
No sense belaboring it: it was a nasty Era and life stunk. My Mom made me wear knickers and a beret !
Our electric was more off than on. Fridays were always cod fish cakes and spaghetti (Franco-American) night.
During WWII we also had Meatless Tuesdays. Not that we could afford meat anyway but it makes a good bitching point.
When I was married we managed to move out on “The Island”, first to
From that point on I tried very hard to protect my kids from the
I had gone through. I was still too much a Dad to realize or even conceive that my kids could think for themselves and make decisions. Wrong again, and not for the first or last time.
My son moved first to
The daughter is very happy with her family in
The son writes a well received and popular “Blog” about life in
They’re happy, I’m happy. I miss them but not
Here is a partial list of things I do miss:
Had to stop, starting to choke up. Take a deep breath.
OK. I now live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of
We live at the foot of a mountain.
The backyard is visited by a variety of wildlife: squirrels, flying squirrels, several species of rabbit, red foxes, muskrat, wild turkeys, deer, gray fox, ducks, geese and an amazing variety of birds including several hawk species. (They tend to harvest the mourning doves.)
Just a couple of healthy stones throws away is a herd of elk and a pack of red wolves. The gray wolves have not yet been re-released to the wild. The cougars/panthers/mountain lions are gone but you can still find feral pigs, some mixed with European Boars. They hunt them on foot, with spears!
What about bears? They are all around us but have never been seen on our property. Sightings have been made within a half mile. Usually a daily incident in the local papers.
We gotcher streams, creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes and hundreds of waterfalls. Local fishing waters hold all species of trout; bass species include largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, peacock, striped, hybrid.
Culturally, we miss major league sports. However we have seen Itzaak Perlman, the Lippizaner Stallions, David Copperfield, many operas. We have musical and stage shows, lots of Celtic music and dancing and, as you might expect, tons of Blue Grass. The circus, pow-wows, gem mines. We’re not lacking.
City lovers would miss the 24 hour lifestyle. We tend to roll up the sidewalks around 9:30 PM.
So, all-in-all, it was a great move. We still visit the son in Flatbush and the daughter in Brick, NJ. We absolutely avoid
There are a few other ties to The City. I still have a plot in Calvary Cemetary. It will go unused.
So, my dear son: revel in your
I am still happy to be FROM
I am blessed in all things.