My neighborhood

November 15, 2019

I grew up in Flatbush. It was almost entirely Jewish. I only had two friends who weren’t Jewish. One of them was Robert Galley, who was Italian, and the second one was Adrian Crier, who was Protestant. But, essentially, I thought everybody was Jewish when I was growing up. I hardly knew anybody else, but it was a very nice neighborhood. It was called Flatbush and we used to jump rope. We used to roller skate. We used to draw something on the ground and go from box to box to box to box. It wasn’t hopscotch. Well, maybe it was like hopscotch.

We used to roller skate. I remember that I was very disappointed. I had older brothers, much older brothers. I was the only girl and I wanted a doll. I wanted a doll. It was called a Betsy Wetsy doll. You’d feed it water and it would wet its diaper. And I wanted to change its diaper in the worst possible way. I don’t know why, but all I got was roller skates. We didn’t have much money and my mother decided roller skates were it.

Well, roller skates were terrific. I roller skated all over the neighborhood. I really enjoyed rollerskating and I forgot about the doll. Well, it turned out I was very upset, very upset, and I told my mother I did not like her for getting me the roller skates, but the roller skates turned out to be just terrific.

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