Her Skin Held Time

Originally posted on Style and a Half:
I could feel time in her skin. It was soft and dry and thin like the skeleton of a leaf half decayed. It told me of days and months and years that had all passed. It told me that more had passed than would come. It told me…

Far More Tender than Stone

Reading the passages from Babu’s 1935 diary has taught me the least about her.  She felt the sting of unrequited love and crushing insecurity, she went to a double feature several times a week, she cared about her school work, and her tiffs with her friends were very short lived and her love for them…

What I gave Babu for Mother’s Day

I ordered seedlings from a community organization I love called Gardening the Community in Springfield, MA and after I went to pick them up I decided to place them all – 153 of them! – on Babu’s kitchen table to she could see them.  Then I waited for her to wake up from a nap…

The Third Week of June, 1935

Teddy tells her she has a swelled head and maybe it’s about her and Caveman, or maybe it’s about her and Jaime, both of whom just don’t seem to be “the one.”  Either way, she is sore at Teddy for telling her so.  Jaime asks her out again and she declines and I guess he…

Second Week of June, 1935 Excerpt

Friday, June 14th, 1935 Jaime sent me a beautiful corsage of beautiful yellow roses.  I had a bad time at prom.  Only had numbers with Jaime, Joey Kucab, and Max Stadnicki.  Neither of which are good dancers.  Afterwards we went to “Chateu Harmony.”  Had quite a good time.  Got home at 2:15.   Joey went with…

The Prom Talk with Babu

When Babu read about the week of her prom she only reacted to certain pieces of the excerpts she read. Out until 2:15?  Out until 2 AM? (There were many instances that month of her getting home very late.) Well, Babu, it was a very exciting time for you, with prom and graduation.  There were…