Home is not a place … it’s a feeling
It’s where you make it. It’s where your heart is. It’s home sweet home. For this “Close to Home” issue, we asked our favorite local galleries to share their favorite works inspired by home. While many locals are the opposite of homesick at the moment, just remember — it feels good to leave but even better to come back.
Saturday – The Weekly Appointment
From a week’s worth of memories with my grandmother,
who has dementia
I’m in the chair again,
and I release the clasp
that holds the loose chignon
of memories off of my nape.
Pieces tumble down…
“Your hair looks stuck to your head.
You need a bodywave and a trim,
but don’t get it all cut off.
A woman’s hair is her crowning glory.”
So my grandmother’s hairdresser, Ruby,
pulled bobby pins from her pinched lips,
strapped down my unruly strands
around hard curlers,
doused my head with solution, and
placed me on a telephone book
to dry under the hood.
Now, I think about the curls I no longer have.
I don’t protect my head as Grandmother did —
by sitting outside the pool,
or as Mom did —
by keeping her head above the water.
No, I only worry over the heads on pennies
my children and I dive to find.
— Elizabeth Abrams