Monday, November 9, 2009

A piece of history in my underwear drawer

I published this post earlier this year. I decided to re-run it since today is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I have a story related to that glorious event. Here goes....

In 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down, I was working as a TV producer in New York. I so wanted to go and be a witness to it, but the network big cheeses chose another producer named Steve to make the trip. I asked Steve to bring me back a souvenir, and he outdid himself. He brought me back a piece of the wall. An actual piece of the Berlin wall, painted rust and pink and green, a symbol of a country made whole, families reunited and lives intertwined. Today I was scrounging around and found it in my lingerie. Well, not lingerie exactly, but my Hanes Her Ways.

Not long after the wall fell, some fabulously inspired person shipped 5 sections of it to New York (and to many other places around the country, I have since learned) where it was re-assembled in a public square off 5th Ave. @ 53rd St. During my lunch break, I used to sit there and slurp my Pasta Fagiole purchased from the soup cart guy around the corner. The square is one of my favorite places in New York. I hope you get a chance to see it someday.

12 comments:

trash talk said...

My son recieved a piece of the wall as a graduation gift. Since I am the keeper of the crap, it is now in my posession. I'll have to try and remember where I put it...I know it's not in my underwear!
Debbie

Vestiges Storefront said...

I just have to say "I Love YOUR Blog!"

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Does you piece fit in the New York wall? Wouldn't that be cool. Underwear, huh? What else is in there...look around and post.

misselaineous said...

Um...okay...very cool that you have a piece of the Berlin Wall...but I gotta ask...WHY is it in your underwear drawer???? LOL!! *elaine*

one gal's trash said...

I think it ended up there when we last moved. I wanted it somewhere safe and soft, so my drawer seemed like a good idea. I don't look for it often (obviously)and found it while rummaging for some knickers. Thanks for stopping by!
Pam

Kate Spike and Her KatS said...

The Berlin Wall was built to keep people IN. The Israeli wall has been built to keep people OUT. Do good fences really make good neighbors? You have had such an interesting life and I really do look forward to reading your posts. Thanks!

For the love of thrift said...

Great post. I live in NYC and didn't know about the chunk of the wall in Manhattan, I will go and check it out!

EverydayMe said...

love that story, so happy you posted it again.... history is a wonderful thing... thanks again for sharing it!! {{hugs}} Michelle

NYC said...

Please post a photo of your piece of the Berlin Wall in it's natural habitat.... the underwear drawer!

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