From Here to There and Back Again

This morning, I changed into sweats, laced up my sneakers and headed out the door for a breezy, sunny morning walk. Last Saturday morning I did the same, 3000 miles from here. I walked from my sister’s house to my hometown high school. Stood outside the classroom window where I taught English 32 years ago, Stood for a few moments in the “smoking area” where I hung with my high school friends more than 40 years ago. Then I walked across the street, and headed back to my sister’s home. Time and place swirl in my head.

I had flown East with my youngest daughter to visit my folks over Memorial Day weekend. On Monday morning we headed to the local elementary school to watch the town parade by. I sat between my mother and my brother, both of them shouting out to the passers-by, waving, and smiling and laughing. I hardly knew a soul. And I can’t stop thinking about that.

We left town for California nearly 30 years ago. Raised four children here. Pursued careers here. Made a life here. And I keep wondering. Who would we be if we’d stayed in one place? Which of those people in the crowd would I know, or call friend? What paths would my daughters have taken? Where would they have gone to college? Where would we be now?

It’s unanswerable. In many ways, it’s unimaginable, this other life. We are who we are in this time and place. There and then + Here and now = This life.

About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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