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Topic: Write something AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL (10/02/14)
TITLE: 111 Heart Street
By Brenda Ottinger
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She’s not intrusive or demanding; she’s but a child, with a lifetime of space to fill. Her windows are her dreams. Some of these dreams she can easily discern; looking out on a clear day, she’s able to sharply see a husband, children – a family of her very own. She smiles when she considers the many dreams-come-true that she’s been privy to, over the years. Some dreams, though, are hard to visualize…does she dare believe that they can be hers?
No one ever told this young lady that she was worthy. No one ever made her feel safe, cherished, validated. I sometimes catch sight of her shuffling through the dark halls as if she’s waiting – aching for something. A familiar heaviness fills the darkness…this pint-sized breath of innocence wants nothing more than to know that she is a treasure to the ones who gave her life.
Even though her precious, ponytailed self takes up a lot of space, I’ve grown to appreciate the unexpected source of wisdom that she is to her forty-something year old roommate. She’s etched herself on the woman that I am in ways that I couldn’t have realized, had she not been sharing the walls of my heart. She’s taught me compassion. She’s trained me to notice pain in the eyes of those around me. She reminds me that, beneath the surface, everybody has a story...everyone longs to be nurtured and valued.
As the years progress, and we become more familiar with one another, I’m finding that I’m able to teach her a few things, from time to time, as well. Nowadays, she’s open to reminders that there is One to whom she’ll always be a treasure. One who believes that she can dream big dreams, because He is the strength behind her. One who finds her of great worth. She knows this One. He stole her heart at eight years old, and has yet to abandon her.
In baby-step fashion, she’s coming to realize that earthly kinship can merely pacify. The only One who is able to wholly satisfy the craving of her heart…He has adored her, with an everlasting love, since the daybreak of time.
We’ve shared a lot across the years, this little girl and I. There was a time when I wondered if she’d ever move out—a time when she challenged me in ways that felt burdensome. But, now…now, I hope that she’ll linger; we make a good team, it seems. Plus, it’s not very easy to find good roommates. I think I’ll pop in, with some cake, for a visit—just so happens…we both love cake.
“Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.” (Psalm 27:10, NIV)
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