SALTED TAHINI BANANA STRACCIATELLA ICE CREAM.
I’ve always loved surprises, though I don’t think I’ve ever told this to anyone. It’s a little secret I’ve held between my ribcage and my lungs and my heart. The idea of someone going to considerable effort to surprise me with something that will (hopefully) bring me great joy is thrilling. I haven’t had many surprises in my lifetime (yet!), but this birthday week (the day itself was last Thursday) came replete with a singular and literally very large surprise.
Many of you will remember the saga of my downstairs neighbor Alice, who was nearing the end of her life over the past few months. And some of you may also remember my last post about her, about our final visit, and the discovery of her piano. I sat and played for her that day, and for the first time in months, she seemed to come alive. The music elicited all kinds of images—she told me she saw horses, and neighborhoods, and people having block parties. Her last words to me, as I walked out the door into the LA heat that day, were, “Little by little, I want you to get that piano into your apartment.”
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