--A rattan lamp with upward curving spokes at the base
--A olive-green Melmac plate rimmed with soft yellow flowers
--An official Uncola glass, wider at the bottom than it is on top
--A faded box of unused Wash 'n Dri marked $1.29
--A pastel sketch of a basket of apples, oranges, and bananas, with grapefruit and knife in the foreground
--A bureau lamp with a bright-green night light resembling...what? A lighthouse? A channel marker?
Remnants of the 60s, remnants of the 70s and 80s: objects my mother bought from Two Guys, Bradlees, Mr. Big, Clover, House and Garden. They were for a summer house, after all, and casual was the point. Could she have known that these offhand pieces would come to stand for her? She loved this house and its view of the lagoon, its nearness to the bay and bridges. It is ghosted with her now, but it is a friendly ghost, a calming, interested ghost. I like getting to spend time with her again, even if the exterior electric-blue she insisted on seven years ago--we didn't yet know that she was losing her mind--still makes me turn my head away.