Monday, August 4, 2014

Happy August! Monday, August 4th

Do You Recognize That Girl? Andi, Chico, CA 23 Young Years Old
Flashback!

A friend from many years ago found me on Facebook this weekend.  Jerry Otto. I'm talking a good 30 years!  Some of you may remember Jerry. We were together when I was attending the College of San Mateo.  We had our group that hung out together; He and I; Erin and her guy friend (from South Africa, I can't remember his name!); Ruth, etc.  Oh, those were the days.

This photo is from my first year at Chico State. I must have been 23. It's before my dad died, I can tell my the location - which was the first place I lived in Chico. With my crazy friend Colleen - the one I hitchhiked across America with (yes, I did!).  One of my landmark years to remember things is when my dad died in 1990 - and I was 28 - and finishing my Master's, also at Chico State.  So, Master's was when I was 26, 27 and 28.  Undergrad was 25, 24, 23.  I am doing the math over here!  College of San Mateo was 21 & 22.  Before that? The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in SF - I had a scholarship, when I was 18, and working in San Franciso (took the train); then worked for a couple of years for the California Society of CPAs.  See how that works?  All mapped out. 

What was the point of this post?

Jerry.  He shared his life story with me.  Where he is, what he has been doing. He has been through quite a lot.
Do you ever wish you could have a do-over?
I know things work out for a reason, and it's all good, but at times, I wish I could go back and undo some of the things I did.
Not that my time with Jerry was a mistake - but how I ended our relationship was.
I hate myself for knowing I hurt someone.
Wait, maybe I do get a do-over.

I am amazed on how our lives weave back and forth together over the years.