1982. Rasa, my youngest sister, makes shoes, hats, coats and pants entirely out of tin foil for my toy poodle. Such a sweet present.
2003. The big 3-0. We play a live radio show that night, covers of Johnny Cash, 20 bucks woven between the strings of an old acoustic guitar strummed like you can hear that train a comin': ccchhhhk, chkuh. cchhhk. For my birthday, Jason at the Flicker Bar mixes me something called a "Jackie O." It has umbrellas, sunglasses, suitcases, scarves, sadnesses.
2010. Nora and I in the guest room at mom's house. Thankful for time, how it passes, how much healing is done from one year to the next.
1983. My first slumber party. We pretend we're in a band from Scotland and lip sync to "We're Coming to America" by Neil Diamond at least 4,374 times.
1973. The doctor asks my mom if she can wait a little bit longer to have me so he can catch the Thanksgiving game, so I wait. Back home, Mom and Dad watch Saturday Night Live and time the contractions.