On the Smallness of the World and Memories

Yesterday I went to help my mom with an estate sale for awhile.  The random job I was given was to sort through a box of CD’s that someone had deemed “unworthy” of selling.  Looking through them I found it was a cool eclectic collection. The lady’s grandson is a musician and had some live recordings of bands he’d opened for as well as other CD’s I’d had or have.  The Pixies, Love & Rockets,  Lenny Kravitz, Ray Charles, Brazilian tunes…
Memories of high school cruising, kisses in college…

And then-
I see a face I hadn’t seen in years staring back at me from a CD cover. 
My friend, Peggy…
holding a plate of porkchops…
“Chuletas” the caption says.
A gift of music she’d made for someone? 

Peggy passed away several years ago after a long and hard fight with cancer.    Memories of her came flooding back like an unexpected gift.
-Meeting her for the first time at the library, both of us pregnant and large, hearing her speak Spanish to her daughter… I answered her and there was an instant connection of kids and women that didn’t fit the Southern Belle mold
-Her seeing my music lists and saying “Oh, we are alike.”  She was funny like that. 
-Playing at the Rivermarket with the kids, talking about the strange thing that was Little Rock at the time
-Talking about troubles in my garage
-Her funeral- the church packed with so many people that not everyone could sit down…

I bought the CD.
Haven’t listened to it yet…

Writer’s Workshop: Diary entry, age 13

Me at 13

I did keep multiple diaries when I was 13. Well, one for poetry and stories and one for personal things (both given to me by my awesome Aunt Kathy.)

So here it what I’ve dug up:

Diary entry from 13 yr old me
December 10th, 1984
“Dear Diary,
I guess a lot has changed since October when we moved to Margarita!
Derek P. left :(, Toneta D.’s last day is Friday :(.
Don’t know how many people are still leaving. 🙁
Thank goodness Jennifer, Ivette, Jody, Karine, Tony are still here.
Went to a party at Ivette B’s on Saturday. It was Panamanian Mother’s Day and Ivette’s birthday (Friday, the day before the party.) All of her cousins and other family were there, but we (kids) all went to the bowling alley and played video games. It was fun! Yesterday we went to Meme and Popie’s on the Pacific side and shopped.
M.M. “
Picture from my scrapbook
(Me in the middle – Karine to the right of me, Jennifer in the lower right.)

Jennifer and myself at our 20 yr reunion this summer

Me, Derek, and Mai Grace at the 20th reunion

Another Entry

“Time Capsule- 1984
Reason: So I’ll remember what it like when I’m grown.
Pop songs:
Beat It – Michael Jackson
Carma Camelian- Boy George
Thriller- Michael Jackson
Breakdance- Irene Cara
18 Wheeler- Alabama
Islands In the Stream- Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
Panama- Van Halen
Jump- Van Halen
Purple Rain- Prince
Ghostbusters- Ray Parker Jr.
Karate Kid
(I had a whole list of my friends here)
Flashdance shirts (cut up shirts on top of t shirts)
Mini skirts
Oriental writing shirts
Blue jeans
OP clothes
Polo shirts
(Wow, that sounds familiar doesn’t it?)
Breakdancing is popular- the worm, windmill, popping, the wave…”
If you have the urge run on over to Mama Kat’s and join the fun!