Hello Everyone!—As I send these first words into the vast conundrum known as Cyberspace, I admit to feeling a sense of excitement, but also a bit of intimidation. After all, I don’t really know you, do I? But my intuition tells me that there are more than a few of you with whom I share an invisible bond. I am a woman who has stepped into that murky pond of middle age; a wife whose thirty-eight-year marriage grows more precious with each year; a mother who now basks in the light of three grown sons; and a daughter who has never forgotten. Add to the mix, a sister, college professor, and someone who is loyal and sincere to my friends. And yes, I am a writer too. I am the author of several books for children, a textbook for college students, a poetry anthology, newspaper articles which have appeared in various newspaper in Brooklyn and Staten Island, and New Jersey, even The New York TImes. On October 17, 2011, my novel, My Mother’s Shoes, was published. A memoir, written as a dissertation, the novel spans fifty years and recounts the experiences of my mother during the Holocaust along with the triumphs and hardships as a new citizen of Brooklyn, where “the streets are paved in gold.” Conveyed in three voices, Blima (my mother in Europe), Betty (her American alter-ego), and Shirley (her daughter), the novel is a story about the bonds between a mother and a daughter, the importance of family, the ultimate invincibility of the human spirit. If you are a daughter, a mother, a child of immigrants, a child of Brooklyn, a survivor, then I hope to hear your comments to this blog….In the coming days you will also be reading blogs concerning Blima and Betty, relating to a variety of themes in the book. I will also be posting upcoming appearances where I will be presenting and signing My Mother’s Shoes. Please contact me if your organization is interested……Until next time, I leave you with a poem:
I am a Brooklyn girl.
Potsy on the heat cracked sidewalk
sweating now pink blue green pastels.
One long braid that smacks us on the back as
we run for a chocolate egg cream and
salty pretzel stick, a three o’clock treat.
Red and white plaid pleated mini-skirt so high now,
crossing our legs we are
on the verge of naughtiness.
Pouring our hopes into the lap of Desiderius,
clang the coins play on each other.
“Erasmus Hall, our hearts to thee with
fervent impulse turn.”
Summertime birthday parties,
Jahns with the “kitchen sink” that you can’t finish
with less than five–no, ten people.
Heap it on, boys!
We can handle it.
Just like we indulge in books,
as many as our skinny girl arms can hold
standing on the bus
across the street from the Grand.
The D line creaks finally to a stop.
We emerge past the smoking dankness
to the light of stars.
not the sun, we know
is the center of the Universe.
If you should see me sipping a white drambuie
at the Posh
and someone interrupts with a call for the Professor–
If you should see me there,
First I was a Brooklyn girl.