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My mother was always furious that she could never be Pope

She was disallowed by her gender — female — by her religion — Judaism — and by her class, having been born to a lower middle class family in the East New York section of Brooklyn. What it was that she coveted — the infallibility perhaps, or the glamorous and borderline campy couture — I never could tell because any questions would wound her amour propre; she would suspect mockery, and withdraw behind a pale mask, lips tight, eyebrows slightly raised. She was a school teacher at Erasmus Hall high school until she retired. She taught biology.

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8 thoughts on “My mother was always furious that she could never be Pope

  1. Lucky she wasn’t furious she couldn’t have a baby. And was a man.

    But no, she couldn’t be the top imaginary friend having person…and…have…all that …that entials. But then again, who doesn’t love the stage, in a way?

  2. Shenny fan says:

    Hi Eric, Happy Birthday! I was also born on 9-10-71 and born in Brooklyn. Big Shenny fan and love to have you write a great Shenny episode for season 8. 🙂

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