Each July our parents piled us four girls into the hot Galaxy 500 and Dad—depending on how much he’d bagged at the racetrack—drove us either down to the Jersey shore or up to Cape Cod.
The shore was honky-tonk—Skee-Ball and ring toss stands on the boardwalk, Tilt-O-Whirls and Ferris wheels lit up like Christmas trees at night. On the beach, clots of spiny brown seaweed stuck in our tangled hair and rocky sand collected in our bathing suit bottoms. The waves were tall enough to knock us over.
Rita Ciresi is author of the novels Bring Back My Body to Me, Pink Slip, Blue Italian, and Remind Me Again Why I Married You; the story collections Sometimes I Dream in Italian and Mother Rocket; and two award-winning collections of flash fiction, Female Education and Second Wife.