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Topic: Billboard/Poster/Sign (any or all) (12/02/10)
TITLE: Veering Left
By Lisa Keck
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The trip wasnít full of anticipation for the future as the adoption seminar had been. Nor was it filled with the joy of new love. No recently I went to the funeral of my friendís mother. I didnít know her well but I went to support Kjersti. She arranged a lovely service despite the sudden loss. I felt bad for her when an elderly couple could be heard to say, ďIíve never been to something like this. It isnít normal.Ē My friendís aunt got up and spoke about the fear of being in a car with Deb, because she veered to the left. I racked my brain and couldnít find a time Iíd ever been in her car. I hadnít but I think I know why she veered, the same reason my mom veered to one side when she swam: scoliosis. Deb, like my mother had lived many years with this debilitating painful back condition.
We released balloons after and then went back inside for refreshments. I talked to Kjersti briefly as a friend and as someone whoís been there. I lost my mother in 2008. Then we got on our way. Getting on the freeway I noticed the sign: ďThru traffic merge left.Ē It wasnít the symbolic merging arrows. It was words. To me they had a deeper meaning. As soon as I got home I sent Kjersti a Facebook message. I told her that her mother wasnít veering left when she drove. She just knew she was thru traffic. She was going to stay on this freeway of life even with its pains and sorrows for as long as possible. I saw that same determination in my own mother. I too hope to be viewed as someone who veers left when it comes to staying the course.
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