Just Ahead Of Me

Michael Garrison

Lakewood, United States

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I’ve noticed that some things tend to really stick to me. I remember some things from when I was little, that really stuck to me. Like when I was in elementary school and our teacher teaching us about chanukah and from then on, I wanted to be Jewish and making my mom buy me little menorahs. Or the want to be catholic, so I’d always want rosaries.

I’ve noticed it with 2 things lately. First, I saw an episode of disappeared and it just stuck with me. I look for this kid’s face wherever I go. His name is Lee Cutler. I really want to help find missing people. It tears me apart.
I also have a love for food. I have been watching the food network since I was 7 years old. So, one day, I was searching for recipes and I came across this food blog and became completely enticed. And then she put in her blog the day her mom passed away. Her entry was incredibly moving and beautifully written. I sat and bawled my eyes out, like this was my own mother. This stuck with me. The way she described everything was so beautiful and so truthful.

“When someone is gone, you have a hard time figuring out where to put them. I know my mom is no longer here physically, I saw her body so cold and still laying on the table. But it’s almost like a game of Where’s Waldo, she’s not at her house, and she’s not at the room at Margaret’s where she stayed these last months of her illness, and there are her sneakers on the floor, and her wheelchair in the corner of my aunt’s house, and her perfume in the bathroom. So finally I decided she’s on Monhegan Island, our favorite summer retreat, hiking on the trail just up ahead of me. I can see her climbing the rough stone cliff and at the summit, turning and waving and disappearing into the woods. And that’s where she’ll be always, on the trail, just ahead of me.”

You can read the entire entry here: http://desertcandy.blogspot.com/2009/05/blog-po...

This is dedicated to her, and to all the missing people in the world. Especially Lee. I hope you find your way home.

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