U is for Unions

I knew my husband from High School. I was in the theater clique-backstage building sets and stage managing the plays and musicals. Matt was a very smart football and clarinet player. We had a few classes together, but it was Regent Physics that pushed us together. Although I paid attention, took copious notes, and had my dad reexplain the lessons, I was clueless. Matt, on the other hand, aced each unit. Physics made sense. 

By the end of April of our senior year, it was too late for me to drop the class (even if my parents let me). Summer felt close since the school musical, Babes in Arms, ended. Matt came to the cast parties since he played in the pit orchestra and had the one note solo to the Johnny One Note number. He offered to help me study for the state Regents test. We met at the library. Although he was patient, I suspected he shared my dad’s sentiment, “How can she not get this?” 

Matt eventually got up the nerve to ask me to the senior prom. 

I passed (66) Physics (I think Matt earned a 98 or something crazy like that), went to prom with the big guy, and walked with him at graduation.

We stayed together through college, married in my parent’s backyard three weeks after graduation on June 16th 1979, and started our life story together. 

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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The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off.Lily has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

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