Friday, January 4, 2013

A part of me left behind?

From Nowhere

This is going to be difficult to explain, but I'll try.

Tuesday, July 31st- the day before I'd leave for the Summer Rhythm Renewal. My husband and I had just finished lunch at a local restaurant and we were walking back to my car (which was parked on the street next to this parking lot) when I saw this. Strange as can be, these footprints started just on the other side of the sidewalk where my car was parked - as if this person had exited the passenger side of my car.

Odd, oh yes indeed. I felt a strong urge to check this out since I was pretty darn sure they weren't there when we first got out of the car. I rubbed at one of the footprints with the toe of my shoe - it dispersed easily yet I couldn't figure out what it was made of. Chalk? Cement dust? Flour? It wasn't sand. I even wondered if it could be ash but it was more white then gray. And where was the origin of the "dust?" The footprints were not on the sidewalk next to the car or in the street- they seemed to just be contained to the parking lot.

The footprints crossed the entire parking lot with almost the same amount of "dust" on each footprint until last few when they finally started to fade - and even then, just a bit.

What kind of "shoe" would disperse the same amount of dust for over 40 steps? I started playing CSI looking at the size of the shoe and the distance between steps and my guess was that the shoes belonged to a small woman or younger girl.

I kept saying to my husband, "I don't understand, I don't understand... is this a joke?" The whole thing was just so strange... so surreal. For what it's worth, I was borderline obsessed with trying to figure out  the origin of the footprints while my husband was almost completely disinterested in the entire situation.

I would walk back and forth across the parking lot parallel to the footprints three times trying to understand how they "appeared" there. All the while, I couldn't stop thinking if it was part of me that I was leaving behind... Maybe there are some things I'm just not supposed to understand.
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