Tuesday, February 16, 2016
A Rabbit Trail Of Memories
Have you ever seen the Beloit College Mindset List? I hadn't, until now. One of my Facebook Friends posted the list for those entering college this year. As I began to read I realized that this list has a huge significance for me. This list sums up what has and hasn't been present for a young woman who has held a chunk of my heart, but is no longer in my life. Those born in 1997 include someone who was once my step daughter.
I have had no contact with this young lady in over 14 years, yet this list gives an insight into a group of people and the world that has shaped their experiences thus far, including her.
As my mind wandered down this rabbit trail I was struck with another pause - do those that were once married to my dad have a place in their heart for me, even now? If so, it would be very different. I was not little and I wasn't in their house half the time with them doing all the things that parents of little ones do. Still, a pondering.
The rabbit trail of my mind continues and I am flooded with memories; painting Valentines for her classmates together and the glitter that was sprinkled everywhere, nursing her when she was struck with salmonella, her giggling with flapping arms as we drove with the sun roof open and the wind rushed around her, and so many more.
There have been two happenstances that have occurred over the years - people close to me having an encounter that included her. From these I know that she seems to be doing well, for which I am both happy and thankful.
Whichever friend shared the list, thanks for the memories.