The first crisis: the VCR won’t record the Macy’s Day Parade. All repair attempts fail. Mom and I brace for Robert’s outburst of anger and disappointment.
It never comes.
a sunlit lawn
parade balloons overshadow
Robert helps me bring up tables during commercials. Frankie is supposed to act as a “scout” — let us know when the parade comes back on. But he brings up two chairs and lingers with us instead.
Rob hustles down to the parade just in time.
plastic table clothes
Frankie checking names off
our guest list
Everything is set, so Frankie and I finish watching the parade with Rob. Santa comes as Robert talks on about something. Then he and I begin the Detroit Lion game that follows.
Shortly after Reggie Bush fumbles, the Pansarellas arrive. It’s not even one.
Joe settles in our den
to watch the game
The rest of the family arrives soon after. Mira’s brother Joe ascends the deck stairs. Garbage bags go out. Homemade wine lines the deck. Mira’s sisters, Sonia, Mom and Robert congregate in the kitchen. Anna Maria, God bless her, brings a homemade pizza — and asks us to heat it!
the oven door opens
Soon, Sonia asks me to get everyone around the tables. It’s turkey time!
the clatter of passed around
First published in Image Curve, December 8, 2018