Revisiting Miss Vulpe

Today it rained and we didn’t sit outside. I finished reading Miss Vulpe, and found I love it as much as ever. My aunt and I asked grandma to tell us a story. She said she wanted to die. We said we didn’t like that story, but she refused to provide us with a differentContinue reading “Revisiting Miss Vulpe”

Let Them Eat Cake

Whoever invented the traditional Romanian pound cakes that are apparently indispensable for Christmas and Easter must have been a masochist with no common sense at all. Yellow, fluffy, scented with vanilla and lemon zest, the cakes sure are good. But I don’t think they’re wonderful enough to justify the labor, expense, and worry their preparationContinue reading “Let Them Eat Cake”

She’s Coming Back to Life (Maybe)

Favorite things about today: The covrig girl’s smile when I showed her the painting. Grandma sitting outside in the sun, her head wrapped in a scarf. Buying the very old children a bottle of Coke. They love soda! But most of all I loved that grandma came to sit with us on the couch inContinue reading “She’s Coming Back to Life (Maybe)”

The Woman with the Dark Eyebrows

She had jet black hair, and dark, thick eyebrows which she passed on to her three sons, who all grew up to be handsome in a dark, mysterious way. As children we all loved her because she was funny. It wasn’t until later in life that I learned that this particular great-aunt, with her darkContinue reading “The Woman with the Dark Eyebrows”