Eighteen years have passed – so many memories of the little one
There was a time – I would pick her up from the babysitter after work –
I would be done at 2:30 PM.
Her parents both worked –
and she would come running to me and leap-
Her arms encircling my neck as I knelt down –
” PACA” she would shout !
( that is how she said PAPA )
There was the time –
she was in the back in her car seat –
I heard a “SOB”
and I looked in the mirror –
She made eye contact
and held up her little hand –
TEARS were streaming down her cheeks –
not making a sound !
She had twisted a hair tie around her little finger –
It had almost turned a deep blue – black !
I pulled off the road to the side
and got out – quickly – I got it off –
I rubbed her little finger –
it hurt her so bad .
” PACA – PACA – ” she kept saying.
TEARS and her nose was running –
I cleaned her up –
all the time rubbing her finger.
Then – the years passed –
they had moved to the other side of Winchester –
She was almost 11 years old –
so cute – so classy –
She was the student body president !
She was going to MIDDLE SCHOOL –
She had already played soccer for SEVEN YEARS !
She joined Track –
and ran the mile –
running a 5:48 –
The high school coach wanted her on the track team !
But “SOCCER ” –
it was at the same time – her love –
Soccer won out –
she was on the Travel Team – H.S. team –
and as a Sophomore –
she tried out and made the Loudoun County RED TEAM
Traveling 60 miles – three times a week – one way – to practice !
The time went by – track fell behind – soccer bloomed !
She has always loved MANATEE’S – so – at six teen – for her birthday –
We took a trip to Florida – and her mother and her flew down one way.
She went to Crystal River – Springs –
and there – her dream came true-
She SWAM WITH THE MANATEE’S !
Now – the DAY
has finally come -but first – AWARDS !
Ella helped her with her awards – she earned –
last day –
schools out for her
She is all grown up now –
she doesn’t remember the word “PACA”
But – I shall always remember her saying it.
I will remember the songs we sang-
The little voice from her car seat in the rear-
The hugs – the little arms around my neck-
Tonight – we watch her walk that final step of High School –
Tonight is the end of a time well spent –
Tonight – she will look not back –
Tonight she will look forward to a new beginning –
One – that she has already begun –
for she has a new schedule –
A new training schedule
which she already has started –
A training schedule for the UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBUG –
Her new team – ” THE HORNETS ” –
COLLEGE SOCCER – starts now.
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eighteen years – a little memory for me
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