Forget Me Not

“Never look back.” That’s what they say. “The past is the past – leave it be.” That’s what they say. That’s what I believed and vowed to do. So it was, that I turned my back on my childhood – and those with whom I had shared it.

As the last day of Grade Six came to an end, so did the many friendships which I had tried so arduously and painstakingly to build. I refused to allow sorrow to swamp me. I had had enough of that during primary school. Now I looked to the future. High school beckoned invitingly. Primary school was part of the past now; the pain, the hurt. It didn’t figure in my future. At least that’s what I thought. Until – that is, I reluctantly remembered.

I didn’t want to. It just happened. One moment I was staring aimlessly out the window of my year seven classroom. The next, I had been transported to another time, seemingly another life.

Caught totally unawares, I smiled fondly at the images which flitted across my mind; images of me playing cricket with “my friends”, of me laughing with “my friends”.

With a jolt and a bump I returned to earth. Primary school seemed such a long way back, yet the memories were so vivid and painful. Not due to the hurt which had once ruled my life, but painful because of what was lost to me. For the first time in my life I had allowed myself to feel sorrow and regret for what was past; friendships and feelings, never again to be recaptured, so carelessly left to lie lifeless in the dust as I had zoomed into high school.

I realised too that the past was an inescapable part of me. A part I never again wanted to disregard. It has made me what I am today and, although I don’t really know what or who that is, I know that as I continue to travel along life’s bumpy road it will be the good and seemingly bad times which will help me to grow. And all my memories, those past and those yet to be made are each a precious treasure which together make me complete.

Forget Me Not

RedLotus

Joined March 2007

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This is another short piece which I wrote when I was 15.

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