Our apartment is exactly as described in the airbnb listing, but of course, many of the details are not apparent until you arrive. Here is a haunting portrait:
More about that later…
The floors have never been changed from when the building was new. Where you see a dividing line between different tile patterns there used to be a partition.
The apartment has been opened up, and updated to some extent, but the floors are original and the ceilings are still very high, so the place has an airy, roomy feeling. It’s also on a corner and has large windows for natural light.
In my aunt’s yard, I climbed a tree to see the house where I used to live with my mom and the branch broke and I plunged to the ground. I lay there stunned. I heard her whisper my name, then through the foliage, felt her cool hands, and then just a glimpse of her face, my mom, pale, but still watching, still caring, even two years gone.