ACROSS THE POND
Bright memories of winter birthdays in Medford
In the reels of film documenting various childhood events around our family’s Medford home, certain birthday scenes remain memorable. For instance, even now, decades later, I can see my brother Paul and myself gathered with our friends around the kitchen table, all of us hovering over a slice of cake and squinting into the solar flares required to illuminate an indoor setting in those early days of personal video recording. I’m sure it was safer to gaze directly at an eclipse than to look into those lights.