Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Andrew d'Elia: 1917-2012

Routine, traditions: daily practices that maximize function and efficiency. Keys labeled and placed in a box. Mail sorted into separate piles; the right leg inserted into the trousers first; the daily banana, cut in half, one piece put aside for lunch, the other, peeled and sliced with precision and added to the cereal bowl.

At sunset, without fail, the shades drawn and the small lights turned on, illuminating the pair of windows that face the street.

The faded American flag, a Veteran's pride, hanging below the window for 25 years. The two cars like sentinels, side-by-side in the driveway. The thread-bare mat by the door.

Farewell Andy; farewell.


  1. Sending my love to you every day, but have been thinking about you and Andy since you texted on Wednesday. You are a terrific historian, and always get right to the heart of the matter, Jen.

  2. Writing is a portal we share, Annie, for helping us access and understand the fine nuances of our lives.