“Bits ‘n Pieces of Me: Memoirs to retain identity in the face of growing dementia” — unpublished page 10:
TRAIN RIDE to Illinois:
I was a happy little girl —
Mom and Dad were there,
and so was Julie.
What more could I want?
The rhythmic vibrations
of the floor under my feet
And my nose was filled with the heavy scent
of Dad’s pipe tobacco,
which made me feel at home.
The train chugged along,
and we all ate lunch
out of the large suitcase
that Mom had packed.
Then Julie and I skipped merrily up the aisle,
and all the people looked at us and smiled
… as we sang our song.
“Bindy” was my childhood nickname. This was written 1989 regarding October 1962. I know it was October because I remember that Julie and I were singing Halloween songs from our Kindergarten class.
Illustration by daughter Charlene
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