Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis

Me and Sonia

I'm reading Sonia Sotomayor's biography and today I hit a passage where she's reading Nancy Drew and watching Perry Mason.

She is actually 5 years younger than I am but we were sharing the same experiences at the same time and differently.

We were both devouring Nancy Drew Mysteries. I read them all at least twice and would eagerly await any new ones coming out and read them twice usually before the new book smell was gone.

Sonia took from the books, a wealthy Nancy who was not a snob and who was adventurous.  My very best and most enduring memory of the stories were the times when Nancy would have her purse stolen.  She would take the first spare minute and buy a new purse and new wallet and new everything else that went in it.  I thought that was the most amazing thing ever. You could just walk into a store and replace something so crucial to every day life.  Money was, indeed, the ticket.

To this day, I am a purse/bag hoarder. I love 'em. I buy new ones all the time. I finally had to draw the line. I have two deep drawers and if the latest bag does not fit into one of them, then something out of the drawers goes to Goodwill.

Sonia, on the other hand, sits on the Supreme Court.  The wonders of Nancy Drew.

She (Sonia) was also, like me, a huge fan of the Perry Mason show.  She focused on the judge and the prosecutor.  Fascinated by what they did and how and why they did it.  My most endearing character - the one I watched and studied so carefully, was legal secretary Della Street.  Here was a woman who had a real job.  She got to get dressed up and go to work in an office every single day.  I thought that was the coolest thing  Plus, she was the power behind the throne.  She's the one who got things really accomplished.

Perry Mason and Nancy Drew and me and Sonia.  What a group!
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