I am sending a virtual shout out to a friend that is not near miles wise but a friend that I am thinking about and is so close to my heart. So I got out my yearbook on a night that I feel like the quintessential suburban mom in her white shorts and v neck t shirt (a mom that I never thought I would be like) and I looked at what I had written under my senior picture. This is what it said 22 years (really 22 year since we graduated!?!?!) later and, unfortunately, I forget what some of it means.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. (A quote that I have only begun to believe in recent years.)
Breakthroughs: Family, Caryn, Sue, SB, GD, MJ, J9, CP, RC, AJ, F,MM2, C3, swings, beach, coconuts, Poconos, RODWP, Sting, EJ, BOD, Salt, Erie, Eisenhower Park, Hawaii, Florida, California, tacos, SDPC, breakfast crew, love, happiness, Billy Joel, the tree.
Disasters: emotional maturity, poster child, Dynamo 2, tubing, bacon, the nite 1&2, 4:50 am, fights, 7am drivers ed, questions, Ithaca, cowbrow
Destiny: To be a pirate ship in search of hidden gold. (Fabulous quote that I still completely agree is my destiny!)
I know what a lot of it means. I know who the important people in my life were.
I know that Caryn and I loved to swing on the swings and solve the problems of the world. (And I am sending her a really big swing right now.)
I remember our bike ride to Eisenhower Park and the exhaustion afterwards. I remember the Poconos and going to see the movie Top Gun and singing “You’ve lost that loving feeling” all the way back to the cabin.
I remember Better off Dead (BOD) and taco nights galore. And I remember the tree that Susan and I spelled so many things out in. I remember the Elton John concert that was before cellphones and worried our dads to pieces. I remember the subsequent Billy Joel concerts that somehow we were allowed to go to.
I remember the torturous tubing ride down the Delaware river. I remember acting like a piece of fried bacon. And of course I remember getting stranded in Ithaca with Caryn.
But I do not know what F, MM2 means or C3. I have no idea what I was trying to recall with RODWP. I don’t know what the initials SDPC mean. And I do not know what it means to have Dynamo 2 as a disaster. Or even 4:50 am for that matter…
And I am scared as I make new memories that I won’t remember what they mean. The only thing that I know how to do is write…(it has been determined tonight that my oral skills do not match my writing skills) and I only want to remember.