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|Posted on December 17, 2017 at 10:40 AM|
In "The Bar," Story #4 from "Songs to New York," Timothy's grandmother relates her finding a sprig of eucalyptus, long ago, on the floor at the Imperial Theater during Ethel Merman's performance of "Annie Get Your Gun." She has kept it through the years, and shows it to Timothy, telling him it represents healing to the cities and their inhabitants. It is based upon the sprig of eucalyptus I found as a child in the lobby of one of the Lincoln Center halls during a concert; which I kept in my bureau drawer. This morning, I stepped out of my Brooklyn apartment to pick up the Sunday News and a few groceries at the bodega next door. On the sidewalk was a large sprig of eucalyptus made of plastic and spray-painted in gold. Not giving away my age or anything (smile), this would be c. 53 years later. One more of thousands of stories in the city of story.