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I’m writing this here because I don’t want to forget it.

In a small park next to our apartment, there is a monument to Ida and Isador Straus who perished on the Titanic. Ida was the one who said she wouldn’t leave her husband on the sinking ship despite the fact that she could’ve (she was a woman). Atop the monument is a classical Greek style woman reclining on a sofa complete with the gladiator sandals that were featured in yesterday’s Style section.

A few weeks ago, my daughter Violet’s best friends, Aaron and Nate, who lived just on the other side of Straus park and played there with her moved to Connecticut. Shortly after that, Violet said that the statue, who she calls Ruby after my good friend’s daughter, who Violet has hand-me-down clothes from, and also lives in Connecticut, was her best friend. Every morning and evening Violet stops to visit Ruby — if she doesn’t Ruby will be ‘really, really sad’. Violet hugs her and plays with her and talks Disney Princesses with her. (Ruby’s favorite is Cinderella, Violet’s is Sleeping Beauty). Violet told us yesterday that Ruby also wrote Violet’s favorite stories “Dora’s Fairy-tale Adventure” and “Dora Saves the Mermaids.” So she is a busy statue… with a lot of merchandising tie-ins.

Ruby is a bronze, over-life size figure who must weigh many tons, it’s written that she represents “Memory.” Laying down, smiling, one thing is clear, she ain’t goin’ anywhere.


Posted October 8, 2007 by julieklam in October

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