I woke up early. Not unusual. I used to thrash around and get frustrated about middle-of-the-night wake ups. Maybe I woke at this hour because I was speaking with a friend about insomnia and short sleeps, on the telephone, last evening. Maybe it just happened because something roused me in the night. I know that sometimes I land in that place where thoughts move in and out of my mind. I don’t know if they are dreams or actual thoughts.
These days, when this happens, I get myself up, make my bed and put on a pot of coffee. This morning, before the rest of you were up, I decided to sort that big pile of paper that has, over months, been turning into a mountain. Why does this happen?
While I was sorting, I came upon this in one of my memory books.
For all of those who sponsored me on my 30 mile Walk for Development when I was sixteen years old, “Thank You!” Did I actually collect? I’m looking at the list of people.
Well, Ramona, you were a bestie…so, the fact that I walked all 30 miles at 5 cents a mile, I collected $1.50 from you. That was a lot of money in the day, right? (I received your Christmas card…thank you, dear friend.) And, Veronica, it’s been so nice to reconnect and follow your beautiful family photographs shared in social media. Kyle Harlan, well, you just pledged money out of guilt, didn’t you? I will never forget how you tripped me as I walked down the aisle in geometry class? Did any of my readers witness that? I was wearing yellow fishnet stockings held up with a garter (I’m not kidding you) at the time…and a mini skirt! All the rage in the day.
We lost wonderful Jeff Marshall just recently to cancer. I always loved your wit and humour, Jeff, but 1 cent a mile??? Really? Your sense of humour…again.
Dan Hinkin passed away in 2013, the year of Mom’s passing! 10 cents! Now, we’re talkin’. I had such a huge crush on you, Dan! Honestly, though, I’m sure that I likely went about with butterflies in my tummy for the entire day that you pledged 10 cents a mile for my Walk for Development. I’m guessing that on the day of the walk, that pledge likely carried me around the route, floating. Hmmm…Nope! I remember the blisters!
Allan? Honestly, I don’t remember you. Mike Dial, I got to know you through student politics. Thank you. 2 cents a mile…wow…so, at the end of my 30 mile walk, did I collect on that 60 cents? What was I doing, any way? Mr. Winenger…my art teacher…(spelled wrong…again!), really? 5 cents??? How many students were asking you to sponsor them? Certainly isn’t like putting out for Simple Simon Pies or cookie dough, though, was it? Marc Bauer…well, this was a bit of an insult.
To all of you, who sponsored me, thank you. This archive serves a single purpose for me this morning. It reminds me of how naive I was. How much did I raise for world development, in the end?
Oh! I’ll let my readers figure it out! I’m going to turn off my 6:00 a.m. alarm!