circle of life

October 26, 2005

Last night I didn’t feel like getting fully changed before I took Max out for his evening walk. So I swapped my heels for a pair of small sneakers, pulled a thick sweatshirt over the twinset I wore with my skirt, put my coat back on and we set out.

Cute little red sketcher sneakers and a brown below-the-knee skirt is a major fashion faux pas, by the way. I fully expect to be ambushed by a cruel and exploitative TV show sometimes soon.

Anyway, here in NJ it’s been rainy and chilly for days. Our evening walk has now been plunged into darkness. As Fang pondered which roadside campaign sign to pee on next (he’s very non-partisan, although Corzine has the most signs here) I caught a glimpse of my shadow on the street caused by the streetlight behind us.

With the distortion of height, the bulkiness under my coat, the way my hair was blowing and the tie-shoes with the skirt, the shadow on the street was that of my grandmother. It was a little creepy at first, but extremely comforting. Like I was being watched over on a dark, chilly, raining evening.

And as she was a firm believer in angels and ghosts and otherworldly beings that helped you out…who am I to question? 🙂

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  • tiger October 26, 2005 at 12:55 pm

    …things like that? You don’t question. (or do, perhaps–but in a respectful kind of way, you know?)

    I like this. I like the red sketchers & brown skirt & “major fashion faux-pas” because you know what? It’s far more real. Real women…
    Real women throw on their sneakers & pull on a sweatshirt because there’s not always time to give a shit about the other stuff. Real women look at their shadows & see their grandmothers or look in the mirror and see their Mom peeking out in the appearance of those fine lines or furrows and it’s ok and it’s good.

    How’s the whole “running your fingers through your hair” thing going for you by the way? …speaking of the wind blowing your hair and all by the way. 🙂 *laughing*

  • Ani October 26, 2005 at 7:31 pm

    That gave me goosebumps! It’s been bleh in Queens too.

  • Tommy October 26, 2005 at 9:03 pm

    I dunno about that being a major fashion faux-pas. I love my wife, but she is definitely a front-runner for being on “What Not to Wear”. Personally the skirt and sneaker look…..

  • Tommy October 26, 2005 at 9:04 pm

    And of course…nothing is worse in my book than Tiered Skirts….

  • Robert October 28, 2005 at 1:19 am

    Hi! I was born 1974 and I went to Wildwood between 1980-1983. I remember Hunt’s Pier, rode most of the rides, it was sold after 1985 and the new owners tore down the wooden coaster Flyer, pirate ship, Jungleland, train, car ride in 1989. I miss the Whacky Shack. It was a dino themed park between 96-98 then it closed and it’s now a go-kart pier. The Golden Nugget Mine Ride is standing but not operating. Morey’s Pier wants to reopen it. Also, the scary Castle Dracula and Dungeon Boat ride lcated at Nickels Midway Pier opened in 1977 and burned down 2002, what a shame. I was in it several years ago many times and it was one of the best haunted attractions. has pictures of the castle, and has pictures of Hunt’s Pier and other defunct rides and piers. Also and I’m from Allentown near Dorney Park. Dorney Park changed alot over the years, they changed owners and rides. I tried posting this to the Wildwood post but it said not found at the comments page so I put it here. Oh, you look very cute, Kimberly! I like the pic with your glasses.

  • Robert October 28, 2005 at 1:31 am

    Oh, one more thing, go to that darkinthepark site and scroll down to Wildwood Memories, that’s the two brother’s memories of Wildwood in the 80’s and several pages ahead there’s a video of Hunt’s Pier when it was open! Do you remember Hunt’s Pier very well, Kim?