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Repercussions and Reverberations of Events Long Past

Connie Shannon

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Elizabeth and Manning shared a dance at a Black tie affair. 

It was a dance sparking a connection which altered their lives, order no rx tenormin along with those around them. Order no rx tenormin When Elizabeth and Manning took the dance floor they were married, order no rx tenormin but not to each other. And it was that evening, order no rx tenormin during that dance, order no rx tenormin Elizabeth expressed to Manning what she had felt for decades…. Order no rx tenormin   That she had loved him since her days as a round faced teenager sitting at the top of the staircase, order no rx tenormin watching him pick up her older sister Harriett for dates at their home in Greenway Parks. Manning, order no rx tenormin caught off guard by Elizabeth’s rather forward declaration, order no rx tenormin replied to her she simply “can’t say that”.  However, order no rx tenormin she had said it.   Elizabeth was known to say what she felt, order no rx tenormin versus what may have been considered more socially appropriate.         It was not long after they danced that evening, order no rx tenormin Manning reciprocated her affections. Liz at the time was married to another man, order no rx tenormin whom she had been married to for over a decade.  During that time, order no rx tenormin Liz and Jim had three boys together. The oldest, order no rx tenormin a strong willed and determined child, order no rx tenormin  was also a fierce protector and incredibly bright. The middle child could make one feel as if no one else in the room existed with his personality, order no rx tenormin charm and good looks. Order no rx tenormin The youngest of the boys, order no rx tenormin somewhat shy, order no rx tenormin endearing and incredibly kind to all, order no rx tenormin was liked by everyone who knew him. The lives of three young children were in many ways, order no rx tenormin irretrievably altered in 1960 when their mother, order no rx tenormin my mother, order no rx tenormin married a man named Manning Shannon. Order no rx tenormin It almost seemed fate and/or sheer determination, order no rx tenormin or both brought both Liz and Manning together. I was not a blip on the screen when my father and mother shared a dance together at that Black tie affair. I was born in 1965, order no rx tenormin  at least five years after what apparently, order no rx tenormin became quite a scandal in Highland Park. The level of reaction created by my mother and father marrying had never been told to me, order no rx tenormin until a few years ago.    I also didn’t fully comprehend, order no rx tenormin nor will I ever, order no rx tenormin the impact it had on my older brothers. Additionally I never knew or understood the consequences it had on mother, order no rx tenormin Jim Sr. Order no rx tenormin and my father, order no rx tenormin which inevitably had on all three and certainly those directly connected to them. I am beginning to realize and understand how it affected all of us, order no rx tenormin and our relationships to one another.  At the time of the divorce my mother was abandoned by all of her friends when she divorced Jim in order to marry Manning, order no rx tenormin an old friend of hers told me fairly recently. Order no rx tenormin   My mother left a life behind to marry Manning. Order no rx tenormin Divorces were pretty unique overall in 1960, order no rx tenormin and were particularly unique in the little town of Highland Park.  Our mother’s choice to pursue and marry Manning created seismic shifts in the lives of quite a few, order no rx tenormin that my mother at the time, order no rx tenormin intoxicated by an unfulfilled quest, order no rx tenormin had not consciously considered at the time.   Who does when they are in love? However in a world of cause and effect, order no rx tenormin it had consequences which reverberate through those of us impacted (and consummated) by their union, order no rx tenormin to this day. There is not a day I don’t wish for at least an hour of Liz and Manning’s time, order no rx tenormin which I too often overlooked and undervalued when I was younger. If I could have time with my parents, order no rx tenormin I would ask them many questions.  I would ask if they could do it over again, order no rx tenormin would they share another dance? I would ask them how they would have done things differently, order no rx tenormin if they could have done things differently? Life as usual continues today, order no rx tenormin unabated and undeterred.   A friend of mine used to say that  ‘we are our choices’. Tonight I wonder from what place(s) do our choices originate? Are they directed and originated by other choices, order no rx tenormin  decisions, order no rx tenormin and reverberations of days, order no rx tenormin  years and lifetimes gone by? Are our choices responses to moments which came long before us, order no rx tenormin  before we ever drew our first breath?   Some thoughts and questions I have tonight. Order no rx tenormin