All posts tagged: memories

Bananas, Cheerios, and Love

For several months now I’ve been eating bananas and cheerios. Sometimes I’d crave them but most of the time I would just want the taste of a memory. My Grandpa reaches into the cabinet for the cheerios, the bowls already on the table, milk waiting to be poured, spoons placed lightly in the center. Maybe we’ll split a banana between us or save a half for Grandma or Dan, leaving it on the counter with plastic wrapped around the end. Quiet moments conjure up in my now almond milk, about a quiet man, a man I feltĀ  I watched slip away. Even when you know the inevitable is bound to happen, probably soon, nothing will ever prepare you. With alzheimers the memories falter, become confused, and sometimes are lost for good. But music from my grandparents’ era struck whistling chords in my grandfather’s throat (and an occasional tap of the foot). Ever since I was young my Grandpa would make me feel special. My Grandma would occasionally tell me to ask my Grandpa how I …

My Uncle Phil

The thing about history and the past is that we get so caught up in events and generalizations that we forget that people, just like us, lived their own individual lives. My Uncle Phil died on September 11, 2001. He is a hero, for sure, but he was also an incredible human being who was a father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, firefighter, and friend. It’s important to remember the ultimate sacrifice he made for others with his life, but it’s even more important for me to remember the life he led with a full heart. My mom’s side of the family is very close. While my immediate family moved a few times, everyone else remained in New York and we made time to see them fairly often. I am so grateful for that. A lot of the time we stayed with my grandparents when we would visit. That’s where I have some of my favorite memories with my Uncle Phil. He would come over in the morning and bring us authentic New York bagels (delicious!) …