As the oldest in a family of six children, and one of only two girls, I am the designated event coordinator. That means sending out annual emails to arrange the traditional holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, and the special family days such as our parents’ birthdays and anniversary.
This is a big year in the Simone family. Mom turns 75 and dad hits 85, though neither is very thrilled about their respective milestones.
Having been born and raised in Quincy, I grew up without expectations of anonymity. Whenever I go shopping, or to the movies or anywhere in town I expect to run into at least a handful of people I know.
My wife, Amy, has gotten to dread grocery shopping with me and makes fun of how long it takes me. Last week I ran to the store to buy a head of lettuce and some cheese for dinner, and eventually returned home an hour later. I find it hard to see people I know and not engage in some sort of conversation with them.