Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Willie and Dad
This picture of my father (right) and his mother’s first cousin, William Saroyan, was taken in 1970 during one of Willie’s visits to our house in Dinuba, California. The window behind his back is the one that looked east from the eating area in our kitchen. The window between Willie and Dad was one of three in my brothers’ bedroom, formerly a carport. The open area in front of the bare mulberry tree is where we used to box raisins each fall, and play baseball and basketball during the summer. After a heavy winter rain (average rainfall in Dinuba is about eleven inches), the whole space would turn into a shallow lake, and the water would stand for days on end.
There is a lot more I could say about this picture, the two men in it, the house, and its farm surroundings. The fact is, I’ve written many thousands of words on the subject already.
The house and farm are no longer in the family.
Image: William Saroyan and Albert Michaelian, 1970 (click to enlarge).
In the Forum: “homesickness and something more.”