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Edith Konecky

  • If Grandma Goldman ever smiled, she must have done it in the bathroom with the door locked. She had been the undisputed head of her own family, ruling with an iron hand and a mouth full of rocks.

  • ... my mother insisted that I had to try things on to make sure they were becoming. Becoming what, I always asked.

  • I have a terrible memory; I never forget a thing.

  • If it hadn't been for Grandma, we'd have had no ethnic tone at all.

  • My parents professed to believe in God, but I rarely heard his name mentioned unattached to 'damn' or 'sakes' or 'willing.'

  • And what a flurry of preparation for the Passover feast! What a chopping of fish and a simmering of soup and a baking of tsimmes and a roasting of capon and an assembling of taigloch! Grandma was in her element, humming Russian tunes, a beaming earth mother with her sleeves rolled up and her eyes shining. I did love Passover. And Grandma's observance of it was devout, but it was the domestic, the kitchen side of religion.

Edith Konecky, U.S. poet, writer