Mimi Comes To Town

Out of nowhere I get a blast announcing Mimi, my former neighbor’s, imminent arrival as if the circus were coming to town.

I could feel her excitement through the airwaves, childlike in breathless anticipation.  She left over six months ago me thinking we’d never meet again, which proves, despite thinking otherwise, we are not psychics predicting the future.

“I’ll be staying with my friend Mousie O’Rourke, and hope I get to see all of you,” said the email to 9 recipients.  And no I did not invent that name.

Last I spoke to Mimi, she was still on the fence about coming home.  Apparently, assisted living for someone who still has most of her marbles, isn’t what it’s all cracked up to be.

“I miss New York Susannah, and wine and goat cheese at 5…Central Park, The Met and Whole Foods. This place is pretty to be sure, but I miss going out whenever it suits me.  What could God have been thinking bringing me here?”

That God is a prankster alright.

You see Mimi is a fourth generation, card-carrying Catholic who thinks God tells her on a daily basis, which path to take.  I haven’t the heart to burst her ecclesiastical bubble since, at 87, we can assume it’s pretty much rusted shut.

I just hope returning to her old stomping grounds will bring some level of clarity so she can live out the rest of her days in peace.

As for me, I can’t wait to see my friend and neighbor.

Goat cheese and wine, comin up.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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21 Responses to Mimi Comes To Town

  1. Elle Knowles says:

    How nice for you Susannah! And for Mimi too! I know y’all will have a wonderful visit. You never know what’s around the corner do you? ~Elle


  2. micklively says:

    “Ecclesiastical bubble…rusted shut” is wonderful. I think you’re right: too late for epiphany!
    Hope the two of you have a wonderful time.


  3. Woo Hoo!!! This news brings me such happiness, for so many reasons. Enjoy every second with Mimi…I’m sure the wine & cheese will taste just a little better with he company.
    No doubt Mimi will leave kicking & screaming!

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    • She’s so homesick. We speak on the phone, once a week and she mewls like a sick cat. She’s in opulent surroundings without able to just walk out her door. I can’t imagine what that must be like for someone as self-possessed as she has forever been. Her apt sits like a shrine to such an independent life. In any event, can’t wait to see her.


  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    Oh, how wonderful, Susannah. I know it won’t be quite the same, but it can still be a happy visit with many warm memories. Enjoy the wine and cheese with a background of snow flurries. The funny thing about reuniting with a friend is that you pick right up where you left off. no matter how many months or years have passed.
    And anyone with a name like Mousie O’Rourke must be a hoot!

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  5. Loretta says:

    Love it, I recall your first encounter with her. It’s great you guys struck a chord, just when everything seems so far away, she appears as if by magic! How wonderful, goat cheese and wine mmmmmmm!

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    • She used to call me up and say,”Come on over. Got some new goat Brie I think we’re gonna like.” Without passing go, I’d pop across the hall with an apple or pear to contribute to our feast. It was a nice thing, and I miss the sweetness of it, and her.


  6. Lynn says:

    How wonderful for both of you to have this opportunity to catch up. Hope you have a lovely visit together !💛


  7. Is it a visit or a move? Too bad that she can’t get back in her old apartment. It was so convenient for pajama parties! It’s tough on family caretakers too. Putting all the data on paper doesn’t always give you the right decision. Hope you get to meet Mousie. There has to be a post there.

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  8. Awwww … I’m so happy. Mimi’s back in town.
    You know, I saw this in my emails. I don’t know how it got there.
    It must be that I must know what’s happening with your delightful neighbor, Mimi.
    Gosh … I have a dear friend(90). I’ve known her for 25 years. She’s in and out of – well, you know.
    It’s so sad. Like her – I’m Catholic – I pray my body gives out before my mind.
    Joyful for you ….
    Isadora 😎
    p.s. my granddaughters nickname is Mimi. LOLOL

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