You Can’t Put a Price on Nostalgia…

…’Cause it Ain’t Worth Shit.

as a child i understood the secret cozy majesty of domesticity. i was comforted by my mother’s ceramic pottery, the strawberry shortcake pen holder, the toadstool pots arranged from largest to smallest on the countertop near the stove; each filled with a different dry good – flour, sugar, tea leaves, and the last one, the smallest one, was a button baket of miscellaneous jewlery, loose change and mounting nails. the teapot had its home on the rangetop of the oven. refridgerator magnets, the bearshaped honey squeeze bottle, the vitamins, the tupperware cereal keepers, the meticulous array of tiny glass spice jars. once, when i was about 7 or 8 years old, i wrote a story. i typed it, like snoopy did, and began with “it was a dark and stormy night…” there was a haunted house. i wrote it on our typewriter. i was thrilled to tap away cautiously at that contraption, stamping formulated letters onto the blank, unruled page to build my story. it was a delectable novelty, that evening, writing my trite ghost story on a clackity-clack typewriter. it was about a quarter page, single spaced, lots of errors, no paragraphs or indentations or margins. one solid block of ant black angular stamps in unbroken rows. i trimmed away the extra 3/4 page of white paper and tacked that story to the refridgerator door. it was our art gallery. it was our supermarket; our ice box agriculture. it is a world i call home – a shelf of books and a bedside lamp. a dinner table and a salon in which to offer guests a beer. a closet stocked with extra blankets. we have an extra bed and a sofa bed. a place you can stay in. a hearth. my heart is a place like that. my home is a place like that. a sewing kit and a computer desk. i used to stand on a chair to reach the cereal.
Currently listening:
Blackberry Belle
By Twilight Singers
Release date: 14 October, 2003


About Suhail Rafidi

Suhail Rafidi is a novelist and educator whose works explore the destiny of human values in a technological landscape. You can find him on Twitter, too, @shelldive.
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