Try saying that three times fast!
Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 8 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.
Your “Secret Subject” is:
A resourceful private investigator is at your disposal. They specialize in finding people you lost touch with. What assignment will you give them? It was submitted by: https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/
It’s funny certain subjects you get you have to think long and hard, but others the answer jumps into your brain as soon as you read the prompt. This is one of those times.
There’s only one okay two people I’d like tracked down and one of those for no other reason than to know if she really exists. That would be my Aunt Beverly, a mystical aunt that my dad was told about (his younger sister) when he was an adult. Growing up an orphan you can only imagine how much family meant to him. So to find out in your 20’s that you had another sibling and then not being able to find her is heartbreaking.
No, if I could look for anyone I wanted it would be a girl about my age who used to live in Albuquerque, NM named Laderna Bodley. At least that was her name the last time I talked to her, but of course, we were only in the 9th grade then.
You see, Laderna was my best friend, but I had never seen her. I only knew what she looked like because of a small one-inch picture that she had given me a few years before. Long before computers and the internet people still wanted to reach out to unknown places and meet unknown people and I was no different.
I remember the words like it was just yesterday. Ms. Johnson(we weren’t sure what she’d done to her husband to become a Ms., but we were too scared to ask), my second-grade teacher making an announcement that we were going to be starting a new chapter on writing letters and how she thought we should all get PenPals but we needed to ask our parents.
I was beyond excited. I thought maybe I’d get a girl from Ireland, or even as far away as China! So imagine my disappointment when my first pen pal letter showed up and it was from someone in New Mexico. “But mom,” I wailed, “it’s not even a different country!” I threw the letter on my desk and didn’t open it for a few days.
When I did, I couldn’t help getting sucked in. She was so nice and funny. She was Latino and she had one little brother. Religiously Laderna and I would right back and forth to each other every single week. We finished out second grade together, but so far apart. We’d go on to finish so many more. Then we became Freshman.
We had shared our nervousness over the months before. We had talked about boys we liked, the music we had in common. We had even sent each other pictures of our first day of school outfits. Until May 1985 when my father died. I was so angry, so bitter that I couldn’t accept friendship from anyone. I didn’t answer her repeated attempts and finally, we lost track altogether.
I’d love to find her. I’d love to tell her how sorry I am and how I’ve missed her since then. I’d love to just say Hi!
Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado https://www.BakingInATornado.com
The Lieber Family Blog http://thelieberfamily.com
The Bergham Chronicles https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Cognitive Script https://cognitivescript.blogspot.com/
Never Ever Give Up Hope https://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/