Interview conducted by Marcie Bramucci in 2020
Rebecca Bricklin Colorful and dramatic, Rebecca aspires to become a published artist. She is working diligently to complete her first comic book featuring her "chakra girls and boys"—a series of characters each embodying the unique characteristic of their corresponding chakra energy centers in the body.
Rebecca loves the limelight, and is happy to be interviewed anytime, anywhere.
Alexandra Bricklin Passionately dedicated to improving the lives of people who have historically lived on the fringe of society, Alexandra has spent the last 35 years of her life, parenting and promoting Rebecca's ultimate journey into "independence."
Alexandra is also a singer/songwriter currently creating and publishing podcasts with her partner David Namerow that feature original songs and poetry. "Memories in the Key of Life" can be found on Apple Podcasts.
I'm Marcie. I work at People's Light. We are partnering with the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University on this project to hear about life for individuals with disabilities now in the time of COVID.
I'm Rebecca Bricklin, and this is my mom, Alexandra Bricklin. I am 35. And she's 64, going on 65.
Sometimes I function as Rebecca's translator, because sometimes her language is diffuse. I will try to clarify, if she needs it.
Rebecca, what is a typical day for you, now, in COVID? And then I'd also love to talk about what a day was like before COVID. Are there any differences?
My structure has been gone. I used to go in public places and participate in a lot. I would go to Kelly Café on Sundays. And Also, on Transitions on the weekdays. (HUMAN SERVICES INC, TRANSITIONS SUB-ACUTE COMMUNITY BASED PARTIAL HOSPITAL PROGRAM)
She had settled into a routine about three days a week, 9 am to 2:30 pm. Something like that. They loved her. She was like a rock star, because she participated in the groups and there was -
Yeah, I was a rock star. I was, like, wanting to be a peer mentor.
And then COVID. Corona came and everything stopped. They didn't offer telemedicine or anything like that, except for her psychiatrist, who calls once a month and renews her prescriptions. And then we also volunteered at a café on Sundays, in Havertown. It supports people with disabilities. That left. She had karate twice a week. And that stopped.
I also did my chiropractor on Mondays. But now I do it on Saturdays, by appointment.
Chiropractor was the first thing that came back. But it came back as a scheduled appointment, rather than a walk-in. Rebecca liked it, and then it became pretty redundant. She got tired of Zoom. We picked up fishing, which went a really long way.
Fishing for minnows and crayfish.
Then she got frustrated -
Where do you go fishing?
Lots of places. I spent a lot of time researching fishing.
In Chester County? Outside of Chester County?
Oh, we traveled further. See, I kept creating new structures to match Rebecca's need for high structure. Rebecca is always interested in novelty. And then novelty, once it becomes routine, wears off. So I keep creating new structures. Fishing was initially interesting, until she got frustrated. She was only able to catch what they call crappies. Little fish. She really wanted to catch a rainbow trout.
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This project was made possible with generous support from the Independence Public Media Foundation.
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