If you remember ice cream parlors, soda fountains, luncheonettes, and five-and-ten-cent stores, then this memoir of growing up in a Long Island neighborhood during the 50's and 60's will delight you.
Two of the most moving stories in the book are "Queen Mary" and "Walking through the Fountains of Youth." In "Queen Mary," Suzanne McLain Rosenwasser remembers how her sister Mary was chosen, in the second grade, to place the crown of flowers on the statue of the Blessed Virgin during a Queen of the May ceremony and her own disappointment when she was not selected for this childhood honor. In the award-winning essay "Walking through the Fountains of Youth," the author shares, "In my youth, we walked the town among the villagers who helped raise us. I'd like to think our parents knew what they were doing when they refused to drive us places. Walking gave us a sense of purpose, and the soda fountains provided us with a sense of belonging."
Strict nuns, trips to Jones Beach, tomboy pals, soda fountains, and perfect egg creams are all recalled with exquisite accuracy and tenderness.
Ms. Rosenwasser tells her readers she has "chosen to dwell on the times we enjoy remembering" and she has done just that, ensuring they enjoy reading this collection of beautifully written memories.