Expensive Diary:

I used to be brushing my tooth one morning, and I appeared 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 automotive right here in America, though she had pushed a farm tractor again in Scotland as a teen. 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 after 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 at all times held on tightly to her hand. I used to be afraid to let go. I bear in mind feeling like my toes 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 appreciated my mom’s arms, who is aware of why? I’ve at all times grown my fingernails lengthy to ensure our arms appeared totally different (although not so lengthy now that I’m nearing my late 60s).

After I was younger, I used to be advised I had fairly arms. Now I see she will need to have had fairly arms when she was younger, too. I used to ask her to pet my head. I bear in mind her arms had been light.

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

— Nancy Hope Fischer


Expensive Diary:

I reside in House 2B. As I walked previous 1B sooner or later final winter, I heard somebody taking part in the guitar.

I acknowledged the music as “Take a look at Miss Ohio,” however I had by no means met my downstairs neighbor and didn’t wish to interrupt a observe 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. “In the event you ever wish 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 classes early final 12 months. Then, sadly, he moved out over the summer season. 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 after 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 means of clear, calmer waters
The place cities and sorrows
Drift flippantly
Away

— Joanna Brod


Expensive Diary:

I used to be dwelling in Carroll Gardens on the time. Each week, I might stroll just a few 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 residence 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 ceaselessly.

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

Months handed, and I wore the socks usually. Then sooner or later, 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 automotive after retrieving the canine, I reached for the door, solely to really feel it jerk again just a few inches after being hit by the S.U.V. parked in entrance of me.

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

“Do you might have time left in your meter ticket?” he requested.

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

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

“You hit my automotive sufficient to maneuver it a number of inches as I used to be making an attempt 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 love your moxie,” I mentioned, taken the ticket off the dashboard and handing it over.

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

— Charity Robey

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