Kabbalistic Sephirat HaOmer - ספירת העומר
Smiling joyous play mate on the pier's carousel and by sea, seat mate at the birthday movies and theatre, museum mate and always ready to share Chinese food (Friend speaks Chinese!) and kosher knishes, walks in the park and talks with strangers, and happy to try a new sample flavor of coffee, and drink tea from leaves, and share Thanksgiving and Tofuturkey. In 1970's inherited my piano music and 1980's my daughter's wood building blocks. Learned together in sixties with New York's avant-garde LaMama Theatre, and potted together, listened to each other's music (friend on flute), appreciated each other's art creativity, and family and friends' bonds. Friend visited my musician cousins in the Berkshires because she loved them.
Recently we rode subways to New York museums (and she used to work at the Metropolitan Museum, and with my sister in an art shop on Madison Avenue). (Did Friend work also on Sesame Street?) Arrested together in spring 1969 on a desolate island in the middle of a river on a rainy day for 'trespassing' and not heeding boat police bull-horn warnings. (We were not cooperating with the cops and gave ridiculous phony names.) The next year we met the Lubavitch Rebbe together at 770 Eastern Parkway when he gave us honeycake. With me on my very first drive in my first purchased car from the Bronx to Queens to Brooklyn and back and we survived. With me at funerals of my mom, z"l, and husband, z"l and I at her sister's, z"l, funeral.