Opening a Drawer and Remembering

Have you ever done this?  Gone back through a drawer which jolts your memory to another time?  I just sifted through some old resumes, a particularly fine recommendation by a former professor and opened an envelope that contains a 1st place medal I won when I competed at a nearby track meet back in 1996.  I ran a 1/2 mile in 2:48, which isn't too bad considering I was 38 at the time.  Still, I remember not being satisfied and wanting to break 2:40 in the 1/2 and I also wanted to break 70 in the 1/4 mile, but I never ran it any faster than 72.  Old goals that mean nothing to me anymore.  I'm happy to get up and jog a few miles now.  I'm even grateful that this body is still holding up as well as it is given the way I treated it in my youth.  I think about my junior year in high school in the springtime, a few days before summer vacation began.  My hair was extremely long and I always wore it down.  Glenn had a pickup with an open box and a bunch of us would jump in back and go for rides on the back roads before school began.  Sometimes, the truck flew down the road at 70 or 80 miles per hour and my hair would tie itself into little knots. We could have been killed easily, thrown from the truck by an undernegotiated turn at any time.  But we never thought of these things because we were young and invincible.  In 1974 there wasn't a sixteen year old in that school who didn't think s/he had the world by the balls.  Funny how you can remember just by pulling out a drawer and searching through its contents.

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