Remember that scene from “The Wizard of Oz” where, after the tornado, Dorothy gets out of her black and white bed, walks over to the front door, opens it to find the technicolor scene of Munchkin land?
The moment when Dad and Gloria opened the door was kind of like that for me. As Gloria walked in to say hi, it was very much a wild segue in my life from “On The Waterfront” to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” complete with sitars playing. Today, I think of that door opening as the transition in my life from ancient to modern times. All memories before, stained in sepia tones. And everything afterwards, vibrating colors! My modern era. After all, I was 13 in 1971. On with the show!
I have written earlier that I knew wife no. 2 best because she was my Mom. Gloria and Rosemary, wives nos. 4 and 5, were modern era experiences for me and I got to know them both very well. Graciela, at no. 3, was way before, owing to both the shortness of their marriage and to my tender years (though I got to know her better later on). But wife no. 1 was always shrouded in mystery to me, until I finally met her on Dad’s 95th birthday.