i remember going to sleep at 7pm in a green room with wallpaper . The wallpaper was white with 70’s colored flowers on it. There was a dormer window even though Florida doesn’t have these, that had black frames.
I remember driving past a grassy knoll area in Orlando that looked like it could be European. We were going to my kindergarten friend Brad’s fifth birthay party. In places like Miami and Helsinki, I think I saw that exact place.
I remember seeing a city from a highway motel exit somewhere in New Hampshire. I pretended that it was Ohio. I’ve looked everywhere in Ohio for somewhere that looks like New Hampshire. But I have to go back to Ohio so that I can keep looking.
I remember my grandmother’s blue fabric seats. They either smells like her perfume or her lipstick. I think she wore Anais Anais.
I remember being at that motel off that highway in New Hampshire where there was a pool. I saw a really fat kid doing belly flops into a pool there and it was like 48 degrees out. I remember feeling like I was through and through, from Florida.
I remember taking a shower at that motel and wanting to think about that pool so i could be warm and not cold.
I remember the feel of my mom’s nails while she used peanut butter and ice in the shower on my neck. My best friend Melissa and I had tried to make jewelry out of gum. Melissa got her ring off, but my necklace got stuck around my neck and wouldn’t come off.
I remember the cold concrete floors of my grandmother’s home in Sarasota. They had all different colored dots over them that looked elegant.
I remember the feeling of being shocked by my grandmother’s nightgown. It was cold in November and when my brother and I climbed into bed with her at 6 am there was static electricity on everything.
I remember the taste of turkey and how boring it was. David, my brother, and I always had to wait till we were finished to open up the little chocolate marshmellow man that our grandmother would set on our place mats.
* this was inspired by Joe Brainard’s “I remember”…