Northern Italian Food in the Southern Tip of Manhattan

Mr G and I had a fabulous day in Manhattan. We started our morning with a much needed trip to Bloomingdales (shut up I have my own definitions of need). We found him a beautiful pair of shoes, that I worry may end up never being worn again, but they delight me in that they are neither black nor brown and they are not loafers. We also replaced the Hugo Boss slim fit shirt that the dry cleaner lost. It’s an impossible shirt to find, and it’s the loveliest crisp …

It’s Like We All Had Surgery

Monday night the kids slept at my Dad’s house, like I said Mr. G. and I got up at 4.30 am for his surgery. We arrived back home at 1ish, and I kept busy until about 4 when it was time to get the kids. I should have napped. By 5pm I was shivering and everyone needed me. Mr. G. is ridiculously self sufficient, but he shouldn’t be so there was a lot of “Honey, let me help you please.” And then the kids had homework and wanted to chat, …

A Nice Pear

When we are little girls there are large men. They aren’t necessarily tall, or wide, but they are large in our childhoods. We remember their smells, their habits, the way their walking sticks hit the ground and the size of their stride. We remember their faces only from pictures, because we are little when they are grand. We memorize their shoes. My Uncle Marek smoked cigars that smelled faintly of cherry leaves. He took enormous steps, three steps of mine would equal just one of his. He had a cane, …

My Sister In Law Took My Baby

When Alexander was five months old and Jane was three, I took my kids to Seattle to visit my brother and his family. I booked the travel in August of 2001 and took the trip in October of 2001. I think everyone in America knows that that trip I’d planned was very different than the trip we took. I’d planned that my husband would walk the kids and I to the gate, and that my brother would be waiting at the other end for us. I’d planned that the double …

The Easiest Birthday Party Yet

Earlier today we had Alexander’s birthday party. Yesterday I baked a caramel cake, made a mud pie and picked up a few bottles of wine. This morning I faxed an order into Chin Chin, and this afternoon we showed up the ice rink. The kids ate and Mr. G. organized them for broomball, the parents enjoyed each other’s company, and all was good. It was easy. Incredibly easy, and like most summer parties it was a small gathering, which is perfect for my son. One of the moms is pregnant, …