Leaving Baltimore

I left Baltimore with relief. (But then I always leave my jobs with relief. Always something better around the bend.) I was tired of the heat and humidity and tired of my case load: all nursing homes. I’d been switched to it several months before I left. All the nursing homes except the large Jewish one were depressing. I was too busy at the Jewish home to get depressed.

The social worker always arranged for me to have a good lunch with him before I saw any clients. There was so much going on, workers coming and going, activities scheduled. Many of the women and men there were still able to participate in Bingo, singing or cards or what have you. Since the social worker knew who I was supposed to see, I hardly had to work at all. And the job came with a car.

I had a new roommate in the Spring: Charlotte. She was married to a guy who was serving in the army in Korea. They’d make an arrangement by mail to talk on the phone on a Sunday. Charlotte, who was somewhat nervous, was always both relieved to hear her husband’s voice and distressed again to realize he was fighting a war and could be injured at any time.

After hearing about her family, I suspected she’d married to get away from them. As a teenager she’d had ulcers from the formal mealtimes where her brother and his wife fought every day with chilling good manners.

When I left, I’d made a date with Charlotte. I borrowed my  Dad’s car and drive down on a Friday to get all the stuff I’d accumulated over the year I’d been there. She came back with me that night, sharing the driving. She found my parents’ house to be heaven: no formality, no arguments, no frosty silences.

She cried when she had to leave.

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3 thoughts on “Leaving Baltimore

  1. Patricia wants us to come over on the 16th, Thursday, for dinner with Gabi, the Greenspuns and Lorraine(friend from their area we go to the theater with). If you are up to it. Told her we’d wait and see. j

    • Has Karen been in touch with you? She can’t do anything over the weekend I am in the area as her daughters are there to celebrate her birthday on the 25th. They are doing it a weekend ahead of date as that is when they can be there. She is also trying to start another business up and it is taking vast amounts of her time.I find I can’t get Wash DC weather on  my weather site any more. Can you tell me what the weather is predicted to be next week, approx temp, precip etc.

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