Here & Now 13

31

It was a beautiful day to be outside but I could tell my mom was still a bit tense about the whole college situation. She leaned against my back while I thumbed through the pages of a book that I really had no intention of reading. “Miri, why did you have the sudden change of heart?” She casually asked as she gazed up at the sky. “Everything was going according to plan just a few days ago.” I couldn’t tell her the truth obviously…she’d probably have me committed somewhere. I turned and faced her. “I had a nightmare that I lost you and Dad. It felt so real and I guess it just made me appreciate our family more than ever.” I sighed and hoped she would believe me. “Oh, Miri.” She leaned forward and kissed my forehead. “I couldn’t ask for a sweeter kid. I’ll stop bringing it up…for now. We should just enjoy the rest of our day.”

32

We were working on our tans a little while later when someone walked over to us and blocked out the sun. I used my hand to shield my eyes and peered up at the person standing above me. “Megan?” I gasped. “Scoot over and make some room for your favorite aunt!” She teased before plopping down beside us. “Glad you could finally make it.” Mom muttered from underneath her hat. “You know me, I’m always late.” The way they bantered with each other, it seemed like they’d always been the best of friends.

33

“You know what I realized? The older Miri gets, the more she reminds me of that friend of yours. The one you named her after.” Megan declared suddenly. She’d been playing with my hair and had given me pigtails. I quickly took them out and gathered my hair back into a ponytail. “The original Miriam.” My mom murmured absently with a faraway look in her eyes. “Yes, she looks just like her.” I struggled to keep a straight face while they both examined me curiously. “She could almost be her twin.” Megan pointed out. My mom’s hand went to the locket around her neck and she gave me a look that was full of wonder. “Isn’t life strange sometimes?” She asked. I shrugged and smiled. “It sure is.” I put my arms around both of them. “But the only thing that really matters is the here and now.”

The End.

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