I don’t know how to begin to describe today. I slept in until quarter past seven and was on the road toward Lynnport an hour later. I stopped at what remains of Leaser Lake and then carried on to Kempton. On my way back I turned left on the Old Philly Turnpike where I found an abandoned house with a beautiful view at the top of a hill.
When I returned to my Mom’s trailer, we still had several photo albums to pour through. I was looking for a photograph of my father. I had never seen him before – or at least I had no memory of him. When I saw him holding me – even knowing his violent history – seeing him hold me so tenderly broke my heart and the tears fell.
We carried on, my Mom and I; through volume after volume until I had the four or five photographs I needed to prove I was part of something. I belonged to a family. I wasn’t an orphan in the world. And then we said goodbye, and I promised I would see her in a year or so. And I will. I promise.
I returned to my hotel to pack and prepare for dinner with high school classmates I had not seen since our nation’s bicentennial. They were the class of 1975; I was the class of 1976. I’m certain none of us knew what to expect. Beckie, Patty and Donna had remained friends through the years, but I had disappeared off the face of the earth.
And we picked up the conversation where we left off thirty-four years ago. Beckie is still beautiful, Patty still exuberant and Donna still full of sharp, stinging wit. We had a dinner at the Fogelsville Hotel that lasted for three hours. We covered births, deaths, grandchildren, divorces and recoveries.
Recovery. Resurrection. Redemption.
I found a mother I abandoned, met a father I lost and hugged friends I didn’t know I missed. I found home again.