June 8th, 2009

green little review

Poem for Monday

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I had a surprisingly pleasant morning at a sad occasion: the unveiling of the gravestone for Uncle Paul, my father's father's brother, who died last year at age 90. All my local cousins came to the cemetery as well as my parents and kids, and since I don't get to see most of them very often -- and many of them can't come to the Bar Mitzvah due to various other obligations -- it was nice to get to visit with them and have lunch with them afterward (deli, terrific cupcakes, drinks mixed by my social-worker-turned-bartender Cousin Debbie). Uncle Paul's daughter Stephanie mentioned that it was the perfect weekend for the unveiling since it was the anniversary of D-Day and World War II was one of the events that most shaped his life.

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We went to get our pre-Bar Mitzvah haircuts in the afternoon, then let Adam go to the pool with friends for a while while Daniel did homework and I folded laundry. Daniel actually wanted to watch the Tony Awards this year, having seen West Side Story with his school choir trip to New York, so for a change the kids did not hide in the basement playing video games. I didn't see a thing this year -- hadn't even heard the full scores of any of the musicals -- so I didn't have a lot invested in who won, which made me surprised when I really enjoyed the show. Collapse )