Expensive Diary:

I used to be brushing my tooth one morning, and I regarded down at my hand resting on
the counter. It was my mum’s hand.

I grew up in Faculty Level, Queens. My mom by no means drove a automobile right here in America, though she had pushed a farm tractor again in Scotland as a youngster. So, my mom and father walked, and, as kids, so did we. (If we wanted to go to Flushing, we took the bus.)

My predominant reminiscence of strolling with my mum once I was little is how briskly she walked. I shortly realized to look each methods and to run throughout the road.

Strolling with my mom, I all the time held on tightly to her hand. I used to be afraid to let go. I keep in mind feeling like my ft left the bottom when her skirts whipped round my legs as we walked. Block after block, my hand held on to hers; it was my job to not get misplaced.

I by no means favored my mom’s palms, who is aware of why? I’ve all the time grown my fingernails lengthy to ensure our palms regarded totally different (although not so lengthy now that I’m nearing my late 60s).

Once I was younger, I used to be informed I had fairly palms. Now I see she should have had fairly palms when she was younger, too. I used to ask her to pet my head. I keep in mind her palms have been mild.

Sure, I’ve my mum’s palms. I’d say they’re an identical.

— Nancy Hope Fischer


Expensive Diary:

I dwell in Condominium 2B. As I walked previous 1B in the future final winter, I heard somebody taking part in the guitar.

I acknowledged the tune as “Take a look at Miss Ohio,” however I had by no means met my downstairs neighbor and didn’t need to interrupt a apply session.

So, I scribbled a be aware on the again of an envelope that I had in my bag and slid it beneath the door. “Should you ever need to jam with a fiddle participant, come knock on 2B!” the be aware mentioned.

Later, after I returned from visiting household, I discovered a be aware had been slipped beneath my door. It was a response from my neighbor, who had returned my letter wrapped in his.

We had 4 jam periods early final yr. Then, sadly, he moved out over the summer time. Our new downstairs neighbors left us a be aware as soon as, however it was simply to inform us we walked too loudly.

— Isa Simon


Expensive Diary:

Solar and sea gulls remind me of my saltwater childhood,
Of tears, tides, taffy and summers once I escaped from that ocean,
Throughout which lived cousins, salt of the earth,
Descendants of survivors of the Struggle,
And realized to paddle a canoe
All on my own
By clear, calmer waters
The place cities and sorrows
Drift calmly
Away

— Joanna Brod


Expensive Diary:

I used to be dwelling in Carroll Gardens on the time. Each week, I’d stroll a couple of blocks to a laundromat. Among the many objects I usually had in my bag was a pair of very loud, multicolor-striped socks.

One Sunday, after returning house and beginning to fold my freshly washed garments, I used to be solely capable of finding one of many socks. I assumed the lacking one was misplaced endlessly.

As I used to be on my strategy to the laundromat some weeks later, although, I got here throughout a single sock on the sidewalk. It had distinctive multicolor stripes. It was a little bit waterlogged, however I picked it up anyway and reunited it with its brother.

Months handed, and I wore the socks usually. Then in the future, my spouse moved our mattress. There on the ground was a single multicolor-striped sock.

Now I had three.

— Alex Robins


Expensive Diary:

I had parked at a metered spot on Columbus Avenue whereas I picked up my beagle Mabel from day care.

Returning to my automobile after retrieving the canine, I reached for the door, solely to really feel it jerk again a couple of inches after being hit by the S.U.V. parked in entrance of me.

After placing Mabel within the automobile and giving her a deal with, I checked my entrance finish for injury. As I did, the motive force of the S.U.V. approached me.

“Do you’ve gotten time left in your meter ticket?” he requested.

“Didn’t you simply hit my automobile?” I replied.

“I tapped it,” he mentioned. “Very mild”

“You hit my automobile sufficient to maneuver it a number of inches as I used to be attempting to get into it, and now you’re asking me to provide the unused time on my ticket?”

“I went out of the home with out my pockets.”

“I like your moxie,” I mentioned, taken the ticket off the dashboard and handing it over.

“Thanks,” he mentioned. “I’ll be extra mild subsequent time.”

— Charity Robey

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