Family Ties

Memories of a childhood revisited


Grade 5


My grade 5 teacher was Mr.Kramer. I remember his first name too, Robin. Knowing your teacher’s first name at that age is kind of a big deal, it is the well guarded secret that you never knew you wanted to know until you do. Immediately I thought “who names their kid Robin”, which led me into the realization that he too, was once a child, possibly even my age at some point in time, and I…


Teeth


My parents own a winter home in Phoenix. This past winter, they were going to rent it out rather than use it as my mother couldn’t travel. They needed to get it ready, and my father couldn…


On Ovaries


I have nothing against having kids. I have everything against this societal norm that assumes I am something less because of my failure to pro-create. I have everything against the…


Superpowers


For three weeks, when I was around 8 years old, I was convinced that I possessed a superpower. I even told Mrs.Lee, who was my best friend Henry’s mother, and she believed me…


Dropped a bomb on you

Ding


It opens. You pray that it is not full, that the horizon of heads is far in the distance, that you won’t have to squeeze in and inadvertently rub up against someone and consequently have to apologize for it.

It goes up one floor, and someone gets off. Yes, someone took the elevator a single floor and even waited patiently in the…


Doppelgänger


As I crossed the street this morning, on my way to catch the F train, I thought I saw you. I couldn’t help but look twice despite my initial certainty, much like how I snuck a second look down in Chinatown just off Canal street at the crumpled form in the doorway. I didn’t need a second look to confirm what the first quick glimpse already knew - that the man muttering from the…


At 40

What happens in vegas… 


Brother, you turned 40 today. 40 is a big deal, they say. It’s worth celebrating. It’s worth going to Vegas and wearing something you would never wear otherwise, and go to a club even though you don’t dance. And when you finally get that drink you ordered from the bartender who looks like an orange prune, you will look around and try your hand…


Too busy being ridiculous

As told by others


Parents tell me there are these character defining moments that you witness in your children. Moments when you get a small…

Family Ties
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Memories of a childhood revisited

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