The Woman who does everything better has a code of conduct at dinner parties. Click the strip for a larger comic and find out.
July 25 is Suzy’s birthday, it would have been her 76th, and she would be a year older than me. Always one year older. Also taller than me, forever. When I created Sylvia I thought she would always be 10 years older than me, leading the way into an irritable and flamboyant old age. I found I couldn’t give her wrinkles. She had to remain as taut as the day I created her, while I, her picture of Dorian Gray, aged.
But this was to be about Suzy. And it is, because she will not be here to hold my hand and give me a pinch to set me straight and support me in old age. She won’t yell at me when I’m about to make a left hand turn because I’m too timid to sit on the rear bumper of the car in front of me.” Move up!!” When you’ve been friends for a long time, everything leads to the past and your joint and separate pasts and how much you miss what might have happened.
Lately she complained that no one makes funny birthday cards any more. They cannot be found. Still she managed: here are some of them. I keep coming across them squirreled away in brightly colored boxes, and envelopes and drawers. May I never run out. Love to you, Suzy.
I have a bit of time left to start a new life. What direction should I explore? Is it too late for devotion to some form of religion? Buddhism, the kind where a certain phrase is repeated over and over, you see how little I know, or perhaps a life of taking courses with Elder Hostel or Road Scholar or becoming a saint, the kind of saint that leads people down the aisle at theaters or teaching an adult reading comprehension. That last one appeals to me. Does anyone know where I might find an organization that needs my talents?
Other ideas that have cropped up: learning to chop vegetables very finely , learning to make pies, drawing with small children, writing poetry, teaching English in Japan (I have always loved Japan), acquiring a small dog and devoting myself to training it.
I saw A Song for You at the Holocaust Museum in Skokie. There was an exhibit of Charlotte Solomen’s art as well. Breathtaking and absorbing. My friends loved it. “A Song For You” will be shown at the Cultural Center. Thank you, Nicole F.
IMDb: A Song for You (2014)
“A song for you” tells a story of defiance, courage, creativity and love. Processing her family history, filmmaker Sharon Karp weaves interviews with her mother, fragments of a book her father wrote, photographs, documents and historical footage. In 1943 the Karp family escaped the Nazis by crossing the Pyrenees on foot with the help of the French Resistance. Now the filmmaker and her sisters …