What Time Doesn’t Change
Our memories our youth may be change with time, but the events that forged them remain the permanent underlying structure of our current selves. This excerpt is from the introduction to my current work-in-progress about my youth.
“You can fix up your house, put on new siding, add a sunroom, knock down interior walls to make one big room out of two, even install a security system to protect against intruders, but the foundation and the basic framework remain the same. Old friends visiting from afar will say they don’t even recognize the old homestead, but you live there and you know it is, at heart, the same place. Go to a high school reunion. The kid everybody called Fatso may now be slim and tanned and a senior executive in an Armani suit—ah, but watch his face closely as he approaches the snack table.”
(From Freezing Fire, a work-in-progress)