Much of our childhood, my sister’s and mine, was spent indoors. It was Jersey City in the 1960s and 1970s so it was pretty radical. We walked to and from school. Otherwise we were in cars. We played in the playground of our apartment building but we couldn’t walk to West Side Avenue, which bordered the property.
I moved to the suburbs in 1972 at eight years old. It was new and comforting and I immediately attacked nature, getting myself too wet with creek and too muddy with field. In etrospect I can analyse my psychology at the time which was very much hinged on belonig. I met a family in our neighborhood and I pretended to come from their own home town. That’s how crazy I was as a child. I had just moved to Wyckoff. A part of me needs to move back again.
Typos happen—I don’t have time or an intern to edit.*
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