A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
"Look, Ma!" wasn't going to come out ahead. A little ice, flat light,
and some steep moguls weren't going to beat me: I'd been skiing for 40 years
and could handle anything this silly mountain could throw my way. Stepping
off the mogul and turning to the right, I suddenly realized I was falling
through space, minus one ski.
One of the earliest of memories. Late fall 1963, sitting
on the floor in front of a small black-and-white TV screen, watching an open
car drive down the street on a sunny day. Then crying people and an airplane
landing somewhere, at night, and a box being taken off the airplane and images
of a pretty woman, close to my mother's age, crying. "Why can't we simply
turn time backward," I asked her, "like in those books you read to me at night?"
And I dreamt that I could do so—and watched myself rush off a grassy
knoll to push a handsome head out of harm's way.
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