Thursday, September 2, 2010

One Flew Out of the Blackberry Bramble

My oldest child has gone off to school.

All of a sudden nothing else matters. I cannot paint. I cannot blog.
It is a life-changing experience for both of us. It is beyond my writing capacity.

My daughter is living in Center City Philadelphia attending the University of the Arts. She is living her dream.

She is living in a studio apartment with twelve foot ceilings and huge windows overlooking the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. I used to live two blocks away.

She is afraid to use the electric stove. (It smells funny)
She has a neurotic roommate. There are laundry facilities on every floor (but hers).

She discovered street vendors for breakfast and lunch. They see her coming and begin to prepare her lunch - egg, cheese and lettuce on a hoagie roll - $2.00.
(I told her that would happen). Marty used to have my poppy seed bagel with butter waiting for me every morning at precisely 7:45.

We gave Annelise a quick walking tour of her neighborhood. She is only about six blocks from the Italian Market. The street vendors are still there although most of them are Asian. There are still some institutions like DiBruno Brothers Cheese.

Twenty six years ago the old DiBruno brothers used to greet us and tempt us to taste all sorts of wonderful Italian cheese. When we stopped in with my daughter, the old guys were gone and replaced by mustachioed twenty-somethings. They could have been thirty-somethings. They are muscular and tattooed, wearing wife-beaters as a fashion statement. They look like babies to me. They were still friendly and helpful, but the old Italian accents are long gone and replaced by the Philly "Yo. (Adrienne)"

There is now a mural honoring the DiBruno family about one block north of the store. Okay, the old Italian guys are history now?

Okay. I'm in a funny place right now. A major transition with my daughter, an opportunity to reminisce about my twenties, the beginning of a new school year. I'm also in a funny place when it comes to painting. I'm not sure where I want to go.

I'm wondering if anyone is blogging anymore as I do not get many comments. Perhaps my posts are too boring. My paintings have sucked. Some bloggers have so many blogs within blogs that I gave up trying to keep up.

I miss the regular blogging circuit.

Perhaps Facebook has destroyed blogging.

Sometimes the Blogger site is glitchy. It doesn't let me comment or post.

Sometimes I just get too busy with my own life. I either do not have the time or the energy or the organizational skills to find photos for meaningful posts. It is entirely my own fault. I'm sorry.

Hey. I miss you bloggers. Drop me a comment. Suggest a painting. Tell me a funny story. Let's keep the blogs alive.


dive said...

Yo, Annelise! Have a wonderful time at university.

As for you, Neetzy: good luck with the scary emptiness of a child flying the nest. She's a grown-up now. Yikes!

You're right about Facebook and blogging. There are very few of us left here in Blogville; it's a little like a ghost town. But I'm staying, even if I'm all out of inspiration at the moment.
Hang in there. Your painting mojo will return.

neetzy said...

Thanks Dive! I will continue to blog but probably not as often. Thanks for continuing to visit. I'll keep stopping by the Small Glass Planet for updates and laughs.

Annelise seems to be having a blast in Philly.

It is my birthday today and my father forgot again (second year in a row). I am no longer angry but I'm wondering if he is losing mental capacity. That is really frightening to me. I'm in a bit of a funk.

dive said...

Belated Happy Birthday, Neetzy!

Being an old(ish) man I can reassure you that we are pretty crappy with dates, especially birthdays. I hope that's all there is to your father's forgetfulness.

neetzy said...

Thanks Dive. I'll forgive the old fart.

Idiosyncrazies! said...

Hey there Sis - I'm still here, but I honestly forget to check the blogs like I used to.

On a bright side Conewage Spring has really drawn a lot of attention here...I think it's going to sell soon.