THE BLUE SUIT
Leader Herald Editor Josh Resnek and the mayor’s Blue Suit share stories about Everett and their own lives.
Did you ever lose all your money?” I asked the Blue Suit.
“No,” he answered. “I can’t say that I have. I’ve been taken care of, if you know what I mean,” he added.
“I get it,” I said.
“I was always taken care of by my parents,” I pointed out.
“I never had to worry about anything when I was growing up. I always wanted to do what I wanted to do and my father was OK with that as long as I educated myself. My father and mother believed being smart, above all, was better than being rich or being famous. I was lucky, my father , my uncles, my grandfather – everyone had money and college degrees, businesses of their own and real estate.”
“I wish it had been like that for me,” said the Blue Suit.
“I was born in a sweat shop in Alabama. I was stitched together on a clothing mass production line by a woman making $4.00 an hour. I was put together without much concern for perfection or anything like that – but I was lucky – I turned out OK – a nicely fitted, well put together machine made suit that sold for about $200,” said the Blue Suit.
“The day Carlo bought me off the rack changed my life. I think I changed his life. He doesn’t let me know, but he really likes me. How else can I explain how he has worn me for so many years to so many events?”
We shared a few moments of silence inside my car. We ate sub sandwiches I bought from Chris at Everett Square Deli. Chris’ subs – and pizza – are extraordinary. Each sub is like swollen, tasty treat. The Blue Suit ordered two – a meatball sub with extra sauce and an Italian with everything.
We ate the subs parked in the Walgreen’s parking lot on Broadway.
“Did you ever lose all your money, Josh?” the Blue Suit asked in between bitesContinue reading “— Eye on Everett —”