03 November, 2011

{this memory} 24

It's 1987. And it's Halloween. Twenty-four years ago. What a difference a quarter-century can make! In this Moment, we find my wife and my two daughters getting ready for Trick-or-Treat.

The younger daughter is costumed as a Disney mouse - not sure which one. She always loved Mickey, and it was a sad day in Charlottesville when she lost her Mickey t-shirt. It was a favorite she had purchased at Disney World a few years earlier. She slept in that oversized Mickey shirt so many nights it was getting threadbare. We were in C'ville in 1997 when my older daughter was visiting the campus as she college shopped, but when we left the hotel, the younger daughter left the shirt hanging on the back of the bathroom door. Tragic.

The older daughter is costumed as She-Ra, Princess of Power - another childhood favorite. It appears she is pouting, but no one can remember why. She did decide to go to the University of Virginia. Not tragic. She loved it.

I am a fortunate man. I can look back on countless happy memories.