2017 Day-By-Day

Day 81

Catalyst

I used to think that perhaps I sprung forth from my mother like Athena

Or that I was a test tube baby

Or maybe I was adopted

But the truth is not always what you want

They met years ago

I imagine that they fell in love

I imagine my normally reserved mother pouring out her soul to him

If I close my eyes, I can see them holding hands

Him gently brushing her hair off her face

Her teasing him about his fashion sense

I wonder if she thought he was the one

But then she found out that a baby was growing inside her

And he finally mentions

his

wife

and

his

children

And just like that, three lives changed

She lost a love,

gained a child

She’s never married

I’ve never met him

I should hate him or want to find him

But after all these years, there is really no point

All I can do now is learn from the past

Written by Anjelica N. Ruiz

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