Friday, January 07, 2005


Like a butterfly emerging from her chrysalis, Smartmom left the apartment today to get some air. After tea (and a couple of gigundo antibiotics) with Groovy Aunt at the Second Street Cafe, she ventured onto Seventh Avenue in the rain.

Probably not the wisest thing. At times it seemed that she had bitten off more than she could chew. But she did deposit a check at the bank, go to the pharmacy and buy much needed food and supplies.

It had to be done.

Energized by the rain, by the cool air, by the stimulation of a low-key urban Main Street, she decided to go to her office just to see it after all these weeks. And it looked grand. The place she most likes to be in the world: her office is her sanctuary, her cozy spot, her ROOM OF ONE'S OWN (thank you Virginia).

It's her haven in the hood.

Smartmom sat there for, well, four hours. She actually got some work done. Played Madeleine Peyroux, Rufus, Nina Natasia. Mellow stuff—slowly-getting-back-into-the-swing-of-things-stuff. Paid some bills, read the mail, got a little organized.

The longer she was there the more she felt like herself again. Even if she did nearly fall asleep in her chair. Solitiude hog that she is, she savored her quiet time alone with her books, her CDs, her pictures, her things (not to mention Real Fruit Jelly's simpatico stuff).

It was an elixir of sorts, a healing potion, a beginning to getting well. Sitting in that office. Today. Alone.


At 6:17 AM, Blogger red eft said...

This is a good place, this place you call "office."

But that sounds so officious, so official.

I am thinking that this office needs a name.

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Rivertriplet said...

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At 6:53 PM, Blogger william said...

Madfi Peyroux's first album in SEVEN years was "Got You On my Mind" with Will Galison.On Waking Up Music.

Rounder and a bunch of lawyers tried to steal Galison's rights, and an industry kabash was put on the project, but it still got rave reviews.

Google it.

I think its her best, but then I'm Will Galison, so I'm prejudiced.


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