EXCERPT from The ‘Outback’ in New Mexico is NOT the Same as AUSTRALIA’S by Dennis Dunnum in VIVAcini! 5 Oct 2012
When my oldest son
called to say he wanted to
“bring a girl over to meet
dad and his partner” I
knew this was serious. So,
we prepared a lavish feast,
put on clean jeans and nice
shirts and prepared to be
charming. It worked! She
was delightful and very impressed with the baked
squash—never having eaten it before—I think it’s
an Episcopalian thing. Anyway, that’s irrelevant to
We spent the evening reminiscing about various
interesting and embarrassing events in my son’s
childhood as the progeny of hippie parents in the
desert south of Santa Fe.
We talked about our community, the one room
schoolhouse, having to haul water from seven
miles away—water being so scarce we took baths
at friends’ homes when we could and, in between,
taking sponge baths out of coff ee cans and, of
course, having an outhouse.
We remembered how we’d learned the constellations
while standing . . .
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