Note of on Going Home

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The family ways: difficult, oblique, deliberately inarticulate; dusty house filled with mementos quite; talk about folks, property, land, price per acre etc.
My husband:
Talk in codeP185

People in 1930s: carry the burden of “home”, find in family life the source of all tension and drama
Children born after WWII: irrelevant
“the question of whether or not you could go home again was a very real part of the sentimental and largely literary baggage with which we left home in the fifties.”
“what sense ...who is beside the point?”

The past Didion: a bathing suit in seventeen; a letter of rejection from The Nation; “enemies of a guerrilla war” with my mother
The present Didion: get along well with my mother
“I smooth out the snapshot and look into his face, and do and do not see my own.”

My husband’s call from LA: things happening in LA; suggest that I drive out to some big cities
My reaction: drive to a family graveyard, a ranch with my father
“dread my husband’s evening call”, “although I know that I will be in LA I say, in the oblique way my family talks, that I will come.”

Things for the baby’s birthday party: a white cake, ice cream, champagne, xylophone, a sundress from Madeira, a funny story
Gifts I would like to promise: a sense of her cousins and rivers and her great-grandmother’s teacups, a picnic on a river with fried chicken and her hair uncombed; home for birthday
“I would like to ...but we live differently now and I can promise her nothing like that.”

Contrast to show the home deconstruction
The home has changed( position, emotion, relation)
Prefer the side more related to the place of…...

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