Saturday, January 2, 2010

"Goumada"



When I was in the Army I was assigned to the Signal Core I was stationed at the Army Pictorial Center in Long Island City
One of our assignments was to cover the Worlds Fare in Flushing Meadows N.Y
I visited the Japanese Pavilion and saw the Nikon Camera Display.
I inquired about the cameras I liked the new Nikon F.
The man behind the counter told me that they were going to go on sale after the Fare was over
because they didn't want to take the cameras back to Japan with them,
I purchased my Nikon F Camera that way. I believe I paid about $300 for it.
One Sunday morning as I was enjoying my new toy, I visited my parents house in Brooklyn I had a roll of Black & White film in the camera at the time
As I strolled into their garden. I saw my Uncle Philly talking to my neighbor Jennie.
He was in his typical manly position leaning up against the fence looking so proud and macho.
Jennie was smiling at him very strongly. Her hair was in curlers as her elbows were leaning over the fence. The fence door was open. If she had pushed or leaned over the fence any harder she would have fallen into my parents garden. She seemed to be in some sort of euphoric exotic state.
I thought nothing about them being in this position at the time. And they hardly noticed my bein there. The lighting on them was so strong and the garden behind her with its grape vine and roses seemed so beautiful. I snapped a picture of them and continued on my way taking more pictures in the garden.
A bout 5 years ago as I was contemplating painting my Italian Story I showed my album of photos to my cousin Susan, my Uncle Phillie and Aunt Lola's daughter.
As soon as she saw the picture of her father talking to Jennie she screamed to me ...That's her...That's her... Shes the SOB that my father cheated on my mother with.
I give you ... “Goumada”.

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