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I was listening to "Leavin' On Your Mind," the other day, and it reminded me of someone I knew long ago. She told me a story that stayed with me.
"Leavin' On Your Mind," came on the radio in her car while she driving away from a relationship she tried to repair many times.
Her belongings were in the backseat of the car, so her seven-year-old son, and his Golden Retriever were squished next to her in the front seat. Feeling aimless, with five dollars in her pocket, she drifted along the Gulf of Mexico from Florida.
Wondering what shattered her life and how she going to gather the pieces that remained; she decided to take the scenic route along the Gulf of Mexico pass the plantations that survived the Civil War.
She stopped on the Alabama coast and watched her son play with his dog in the Gulf.
How did their dreams fall so quickly? What happened? Why didn’t she see what was coming? Why didn’t she “Just get It Over?” Why do women feel like they have to fix their family at all cost? Or perhaps it was just her?
Too young to understand, she watched her son kick tiny waves into the air, while his dog tried to catch foamy water. This made her happy and helped her forget the position she was in. She watched her family play; and wished that life was full of fun.

It occurred to her that you can mold your life, but you cannot mold other people, they have their own path. All you can do is create your life, set your path and surround yourself with people who share your values.
She wasn’t aware of the fact that you can define yourself, and that you should believe people when they tell you or show you who they are, because she didn’t believe him.
Her hands shook on the steering wheel as she tried to avoid looking in the rear-view mirror, where she would see the stockpile of toys, clothes, and furniture, the materials that represented her life.
She tried to contain her emotions, but tears filled her eyes. Then she felt a small hand touch her shoulder, and say, “
“It’s okay Mom, you have me and we’re going to be fine.”
It was the most courageous statement she ever heard, words that occupied her spirit for a long time.
Hence, she continued her journey, with a child full of sand and a Golden Retriever panting over her shoulder, thinking, “Why didn’t she just get it over,” sooner?”
Then, with an emptiness that contained no words, she sailed home not sure of her destination.
In any event, I thought of her when I heard this song.


Sandee said...

Look how far you've come, Ann. You raised a son and he turned out fine. Good for you.

Have a fabulous day, honey. Big hug to you and tons of scritches to Simon. ♥♥♥

Ann Clemmons said...

Thank you, Sandee! Thank you so much...and remember you made it too!

Big hug back to you from Simon and I-

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