Today, I had an extraordinary opportunity. I got to see a woman who I first met when we were both 5 years old. Kindergarten.
She was always slightly quicker on the draw in "find the word in the dictionary" games, and waaay ahead of me in multiplication tables. One thing that helped take the edge off of my defeat was her friendly smile. She had a lovely, un-selfconscious smile. Her eyes were this kind of sea green with sky blue around the edges.
I haven't looked into those eyes for ... a good long while. Junior high graduation, I think.
Today, I saw her and her two youngest kiddos. And WOW if I didn't see THREE pairs of those eyes! It was weird, seeing her there. I remember her as the skinny little tomboy who could ALWAYS beat me in math quizzes. (Not that it's setting the bar too high, really.) I saw her now, lovely, long blonde hair, nice smile. But overlaid on top, I saw the other her. The kid. The gawky "elbows and knees" her.
And you know what? The present-day her is even better. We're both moms. She's got bigger pile of kids than I do (much bigger), and one more husband, but we're the same age. I'm one month and 2 days older.
But it's awesome to be grown up.