Expensive Diary:

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

I grew up in School 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 an adolescent. So, my mom and father walked, and, as kids, so did we. (If we would have liked 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 rapidly 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 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 preferred my mom’s fingers, who is aware of why? I’ve all the time grown my fingernails lengthy to ensure our fingers seemed totally different (although not so lengthy now that I’m nearing my late 60s).

After I was younger, I used to be instructed I had fairly fingers. Now I see she should have had fairly fingers when she was younger, too. I used to ask her to pet my head. I keep in mind her fingers have been light.

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

— Nancy Hope Fischer


Expensive Diary:

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

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

So, I scribbled a observe on the again of an envelope that I had in my bag and slid it underneath the door. “For those who ever wish to jam with a fiddle participant, come knock on 2B!” the observe mentioned.

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

We had 4 jam classes early final yr. Then, sadly, he moved out over the summer season. Our new downstairs neighbors left us a observe as soon as, but it surely 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 Conflict,
And realized to paddle a canoe
All on my own
Via 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’d stroll just a few blocks to a laundromat. Among the many gadgets I typically 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 without end.

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

Months handed, and I wore the socks typically. Then someday, 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 driving 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 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 like 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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