Sunday Stew: America! America!

by Celia Y. Weisman (Painting by Pat Matthews)

Whenever one of us kids sassed him at the dinner table, my father would say “America!” with that bemused yet humorous smile lingering on his lips, right below that bushy signature mustache. He’d say it twice, and we always waited for the second pronouncement, because it was delivered with such perfection of timing and intonation: “America!” Though he held the entire family captive as audience, this moment of theater was directed specifically to his father, the Austrian-born Jew Sam Weisman, former rag peddler of Manhattan’s lower East side, who watched his son grow up to become a big-time NYC doctor. Continue reading Sunday Stew: America! America!

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