Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Involuntary Brooklyn

I was cutting the grass this afternoon. Elaine was making meatballs. And suddenly I was eight or nine years old in Brooklyn. I even said it out loud: “Brooklyn.” Elaine must have been running the exhaust fan, wafting olive oil and meat and herbs and garlic into the previously grass-scented air.

I’ve smelled olive oil and meat and herbs and garlic countless times in our house. Smelling them outside is rare. That’s what brought me back to the late afternoons of my childhood, when kids played outside as mothers made dinner, up and down the block.

Lest you think our division of labor replicates that of a mid-century Brooklyn household: I made the sauce. And Elaine filled the gas can. Thank you, Elaine.

More involuntary memories
Proust: involuntary memory, foolish things
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Involuntary bicycle

comments: 3

Frex said...

I smell oregano right now...

Berit said...

Just loved this post. :)

Michael Leddy said...

I thought I left a comment back, to say “Oregano (sigh)” and “Thanks.” But it’s not here. Well:

Oregano (sigh).