This blog has gone through a number of incarnations, and is now a format for The First Time for Everything. These short essays are meant to remind us all what we have in common: our humanity, our memories.
All images and writing by Stephanie Urdang unless otherwise noted.
Good for you! tomas ☼
Hello you amazing thing. I have always thought that smells absolutely trigger chemicals in your brain that lead to memories. Also, music does a similar thing to me. It can bring me back to a different time and place. And of course, photos really can do it. Being overly sentimental, extremely for my own good I find it very hard to look at older photos of my life. I guess that’s one of the prizes of Depression. Your photos and stories are just perfect, beautiful. Like you are. xxoo
Thank you! Cranking it out over here and it’s all the better knowing they are triggering your mind too. I miss you and hope we meet again.
Hi, Stephanie! I miss you…your wit, intellect, patience & perspective. You were a generous friend to me in some of my darkest hours. I wish you a speedy and full recovery.
Thank you so much, Joe. Hope your new life is a happy one and that you like living in Boston. Let me know if you are ever in New York. I have a friend I’d like to visit in boston and if that happens, I will let you know. I am invited this summer, and as soon as I am able to drag a bag and walk freely, which is getting more clear as a possibility. Travel near and far is first on the list. Two weeks in PT has done wonders for my recovery. You know, it’s a profound thing to grow older, see kids become adults and make their own lives, and see what life brings to everyone. Our history is linked and you will always be in my heart.
Stephanie, we will by in NYC this coming week. We would love to see you if your schedule allows it.
Hi Stephanie! I don’t know if you will remember me or my family…we used to live on 44th Terr in KC Kansas when you did. My parents were Mary and Jim Morrison. My sister Elaine found your blog and sent it to me. We used to visit you at your new house on State Line road. Your mom and my mom hung out and my mom really enjoyed her.
Love to hear about your family (sorry to hear about Gretchen). I live in Prairie Village – 3 kids and 6 grandkids. Elaine lives in Shawnee, 2 kids as nd 5 grandkids. Loved reading your blog and wondering how you came to New York. Kathi Morrison Cook
Hi Kathy! Thanks for reaching out to me, for your sister finding my blog. I so vaguely remember the Morrisons, but we never lived in KC KS. I am asking my remaining siblings what and who they remember. Will get back to you. Stephanie