a friend and i take a walk on the beach
i am ahead with my son
she is behind with her daughter
we are searching for shells
as we walk, i wonder and worry-
should we wait for them?
are they catching up?
are we missing out on time together?
i breathe and remember
we ARE together
on this beach
in this life
even back in college,
when i felt left out, left behind, left
it was not true
we were always together
my son and i turn around to go back
they are far ahead of us now
but as we walk i can feel our togetherness
we stumble upon a message
carved in the sand: