A piece of my heart was already here

November 21, 2017 @ 8:28 am | Filed under: , ,

We live a block and a half from Klickitat Street. I know I don’t have to tell you booklovers what a thrill I get every time I see the sign. Four months in, it hasn’t gotten old. It never will, you know? My childhood copy of Beezus and Ramona is right here on the shelf. To this day, harmonicas sound like oh dear, oh dear to me. To this day, the first bite of an apple is the best. Fig Newtons are filled with worms, and the first one to see a white horse gets to make a wish, and when the room is dim you turn on a dawnzer for some lee light. If you need me, I’ll just be sitting here for the present.

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  1. tee+d says:

    OH. My heart.

    We have friends in the general area on this end of Portland, and I made them drive that street while visiting Portland summer before last. These otherwise lovely people did NOT understand why I wanted to get out of the car. We were going to dinner, there was traffic, we should have been hurrying… and they JUST could NOT get what the big deal was, that there was “a book? or something?” related to the street. I tried to say “Well, it was a whole world…” but… they’ve never read any of them. I don’t know how that could have happened (well, one grew up in Japan. BUT STILL.) Tech Boy silently squeezed my hand in the back seat. He got it.

    Since I didn’t want to Make A Scene, we left it at that, but I WILL BE BACK. Just to stand at the park and be. Without people who don’t understand.

  2. Emily says:

    It’s an actual really truly street???
    That has made my day. Probably my week. Possibly my whole month.

    I read those book so many times growing up. And now my kids are reading them.

  3. Karen Edmisten says:

    I’m running a little behind on commenting these days, but when you and Tanita have that date, call me.