Hailey’s laugh sounded like ice cubes rattling in a glass.
During a recent phone conversation, I expressed a concern about a heart matter to which she responded with a dismissive chuckle.
“You’ll be all right,” she said flippantly. “It’s nothing.”
Over the past few years, Hailey and I shared countless conversations about dating, love, and solid relationships.
I encouraged her as she lamented, soothed her as she mourned, and laughed with giddiness as she celebrated.
But recently, she fell in love and gotten married.
And had taken a shot of amnesia.
Amnesia is a heady drink.
Part pride, part apathy.
A frothy spirit served in oversized martini glasses.
Brown sugar pebbles surround the rim while a maraschino cherry bobs back and forth on a wooden toothpick.
The sweet flavor delights the senses while its heavy composition is ingested.
And then memory… becomes a memory.
I think we begin to sip on amnesia after we’ve accomplished a goal.
Passed a test.
Jumped a broom.
Gotten a raise.
Our history before that point suddenly becomes alien.
We become estranged from those who are not yet where we are.
We forget how complication feels.
We don’t remember what insomnia is.
The former struggle, tears, pain, and trouble are no longer things we can or want to relate to.
Instead, we lift a glass of amnesia in the air as a toast to the present tense.
I shrugged off the slight, knowing that the hurt was unintentional.
But it hurt all the same.
It is very easy to soak in present pleasure, current peace, and existing joy.
But remembering the battles from yesterday, the sores from last week, and the sadness from 2 years ago keep us grounded,
keep us connected,
And keep us grateful.
Praying that my memory has staying power.