Eric stood on the sidewalk looking at the tenements across the street. He looked at the middle building in a line of five and felt a lonely chill, fourth floor, windows dark and fire escape bare of plants. The building was grim. It was a grim street but people used to live here in loud close company, in railroad flats, and happy as anywhere, he thought, and still did, and still were.
His father had grown up here. There were times when Eric was compelled to come and let the street breathe on him. He wanted to feel it, every rueful nuance of longing. But it wasn’t his longing or yearning or sense of the past. He was too young to feel such things, and anyway unsuited, and this had never been his home or street. He was feeling what his father would feel, standing in this place.
These passages get me. This photo gets me. This whole scenario gets me. I really like this paper this week. Be gentle with this Eric, he’s remembering his dad.
This week it was truly a chauffeur collaborative effort. Thanks to my girls for their creative ideas and encouragement 🙂 Enjoy your weekend everyone!