A Very Dark Coat Room in 1980

mp900427595.jpgIn a dark basement “coat room” I made friends with two fellow classmates ……….

We were four and five years old and closely hanging to our mothers’ coats.

Tears filled our eyes unaware of what this new, strange world would bring – but our mothers pushed us along.

 

Nine years later, we clung to each other not ready to take the next step.

We are were 13 and 14-years-old and about to embark on something very new.

Tears filled our eyes unaware of what this new, strange world would bring – but our mothers pushed us along.

 

Four years later, we were sassy and thought we knew everything there was to know.

We were 17 and 18-years-old and couldn’t wait to be on our own.

Tears filled our eyes unaware of what this new, strange world would bring – as our mothers reluctantly pushed us along.

 

Four years later, we were ready for the big, great new world.

We were 21 and 22-years-old and unstoppable.

Tears filled our eyes unaware of what this new, strange world would bring – as our mothers proudly looked on.

 

Thirty-three years later, we are mothers and our mothers are grandmothers.

Through all this time, we remained friends.  We shared successes and life’s greatest moments and we shared tears and sadness.  We may not have spoken every day – in fact, years separated some conversations!  But in the end, we always made time for each other.

We sat together this past weekend – with babies and toddlers among us.  Some much had changed and yet so little seemed different.  Our friendship endured from those simple moments in 1980 and molded who we are today.

The story is just beginning and I thankful every day – for that one day –  in the very dark coat room in 1980.

 

dedicated to my mother, AGB, KG, KVC & EV and Sister Magdeline up in heaven.

 

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