I ran into an old girlfriend of mine on the walk out in front of a store. The walk was set up with stalls and wares like a flea market, and we bumped into one another as we were browsing through all the loose odds and ends, pocket size picture frames, novelty key chains, and decorative trinkets. There was a sunniness about the scene that told me that it was mid-morning and also many, many years from now, the distant future being infused with a light every bit as golden as the distant past.
We decided to have lunch in a cafe inside the store. As we took our seats, I reflected inwardly on the memories of our turbulent relationship, snapshots of tears by a grey pond, cars taking us every which way, the faces in the rear view with hands reaching out, bewilderment at the roadside, the crazy silent echo of those days. But it was nice to see her now. I realized that in this strange new age, we connected with those who disrupted our lives even more than with those who settled them.