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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 wasn’t 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 friend’s mother. I didn’t 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, “I’ve never been to something like this. It isn’t normal.” My friend’s 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 couldn’t find a time I’d ever been in her car. I hadn’t 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 who’s been there. I lost my mother in 2008. Then we got on our way. Getting on the freeway I noticed the sign: “Thru traffic merge left.” It wasn’t 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 wasn’t 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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