Summer turned to Fall. The streets are carpeted in golden Ginkgo leaves, now sodden and soft from the rains. I feel like a New Yawkah again. There’s a woman who lives on the block that I see almost everyday. She meowed at me the first time I saw her and that has become our normal greeting when we pass each other. I have my favorite coffee spots where I hang out and try to sketch strangers without attracting attention. I’ve managed some fun things in between the hard things. I attended a tour/drawing session at The Metropolitan Museum with an artist whose work I’ve long admired, visited with fellow nomads who were passing through, took a few classes at Yoga Union which specializes in Yoga for those of us with back issues. Life changing! Also took a few Kundalini Yoga classes. That’s a whole ‘nother thing.
I took to watching the news incessantly when I first moved into the apartment. It didn’t take long to see the design to capture and manipulate my mind. Still I watched in awe. How is it we submit ourselves knowing full well what’s happening? I switched to The Office episodes as antidote. Laughter is good medicine.
My daughter is mending. It’s a difficult, painful road. She’s tough, she is an Ass Kicker.
I will be leaving soon. Back to…
no, not back to.
Onward. To something else.
I’ll report back.
Your drawings are amazing. You are a most talented woman as well as a real ass-kicker yourself. And beautiful on top of it all. I am sending love to you and to yours from a wet and clammy world where I am greeted with a “meow” several times a day but from a cat being, not a human one.
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All the best outcomes for your daughter are wished for. Living in NYC after being in the boonies must be surreal. A parrot in a stroller would be a thing to see!
Thank you Alison. Yes surreal is a good word for what it’s like being here. It doesn’t ever stop feeling that way.
So happy to know your daughter is an ass kicker. Ass Kicker! Onward and upward for both of you. We’ll be here for the next installment.
Thankful your daughter is mending. Your drawing is wonderful! Wishing you both continued strength and healing.
Thanks Barbara. The drawing has been excellent fun. Something to focus on…
I’ve missed you here — am sorry to hear that your daughter’s not been well, but I’m glad that things are better. Yes, you are a kick-ass woman and writer and artist. Keep at it. Moving on and forward and back. I sure hope that we can meet up at some point!
Me too! Hope we can meet up. Love you!
Love. So much love.