When my mother went to work substitute teaching in the high school, my two younger siblings were not yet in school. My parents hired a local woman, whose husband abandoned her with nine children, to babysit. Josie took care of my little brother and sister, washed dishes, and ironed while watching and scolding the silly people on the soap operas. During that time, school allowed the walkers to go home for lunch. I walked with my two younger sisters the long block to Merrick Highway, crossed over with the help of the crossing guard, and turned into our street. Josie greeted us with three bowls of hot pastina and a cold glass of milk. Pastina is a tiny star pasta, cooked thick, topped with butter and a splash of milk. Josie cooked it to a perfect creamy andante. I remember how she warned us that the pastina was hot and showed us how to slide the spoon around the cooler edge and blow gently before eating it. Best lunch, ever.
My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling.
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