In coffee on October 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm
we used to play foursquare back in grade school. i don’t remember the rules anymore but i recall the feel and sound of the big red bouncy ball. i wonder if the school formerly known as columbus still has the foursquare grids painted on the playground. we girls would group and line up and play nicely together. sometimes the boys would want to play with us and that would be fun until it wasn’t. we would forget that playing with boys always escalated to the point where the boys just couldn’t play calmly anymore. they would energetically and gleefully ruin our game and we would stamp our feets, give them a piece of our minds, and banish them. except for one boy. his name was jay hart and he genuinely liked playing with girls. we spent hours of recess time playing foursquare with our little redheaded buddy, jay. he played the game our way which is to say the right way and was always welcome. i have often wondered in the many years since if he is still good at playing with girls. what a rare gem.
In coffee on October 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm
she was taller than i thought she would be. even with the slight schlumping of the shoulders but who can blame her in that new york city august heat. when you are finally warmed to the bones, the bones tend to soften a little and good posture goes out the window. she wasn’t in any way physically attached to the determined little girl also crossing the street through the milling crowd but there was no doubt in my mind that the two were navigating the busy crosswalk together. i suppose there is an invisible chain that links mothers and daughters together as they make passage through the one life they’ve been given. especially if it’s just the two of them against the world. i couldn’t see her eyes because her sunglasses were very dark and i thought this couldn’t possibly be . . . being from california, i didn’t know yet that celebrities can move about new york freely without attracting too much attention. and now i am sure. while visiting my daughter in the big apple, i had a katie & suri moment. and i wish them the very best as they begin this new chapter alone together. be safe.