Skin Care

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, skin care along with those around them. Skin care When Elizabeth and Manning took the dance floor they were married, skin care but not to each other. And it was that evening, skin care during that dance, skin care Elizabeth expressed to Manning what she had felt for decades…. Skin care   That she had loved him since her days as a round faced teenager sitting at the top of the staircase, skin care watching him pick up her older sister Harriett for dates at their home in Greenway Parks. Manning, skin care caught off guard by Elizabeth’s rather forward declaration, skin care replied to her she simply “can’t say that”.  However, skin care she had said it.   Elizabeth was known to say what she felt, skin care versus what may have been considered more socially appropriate.         It was not long after they danced that evening, skin care Manning reciprocated her affections. Liz at the time was married to another man, skin care whom she had been married to for over a decade.  During that time, skin care Liz and Jim had three boys together. The oldest, skin care a strong willed and determined child, skin care  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, skin care charm and good looks. Skin care The youngest of the boys, skin care somewhat shy, skin care endearing and incredibly kind to all, skin care was liked by everyone who knew him. The lives of three young children were in many ways, skin care irretrievably altered in 1960 when their mother, skin care my mother, skin care married a man named Manning Shannon. Skin care It almost seemed fate and/or sheer determination, skin care 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, skin care  at least five years after what apparently, skin care became quite a scandal in Highland Park. The level of reaction created by my mother and father marrying had never been told to me, skin care until a few years ago.    I also didn’t fully comprehend, skin care nor will I ever, skin care the impact it had on my older brothers. Additionally I never knew or understood the consequences it had on mother, skin care Jim Sr. Skin care and my father, skin care 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, skin care 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, skin care an old friend of hers told me fairly recently. Skin care   My mother left a life behind to marry Manning. Skin care Divorces were pretty unique overall in 1960, skin care 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, skin care that my mother at the time, skin care intoxicated by an unfulfilled quest, skin care had not consciously considered at the time.   Who does when they are in love? However in a world of cause and effect, skin care it had consequences which reverberate through those of us impacted (and consummated) by their union, skin care to this day. There is not a day I don’t wish for at least an hour of Liz and Manning’s time, skin care which I too often overlooked and undervalued when I was younger. If I could have time with my parents, skin care I would ask them many questions.  I would ask if they could do it over again, skin care would they share another dance? I would ask them how they would have done things differently, skin care if they could have done things differently? Life as usual continues today, skin care 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, skin care  decisions, skin care and reverberations of days, skin care  years and lifetimes gone by? Are our choices responses to moments which came long before us, skin care  before we ever drew our first breath?   Some thoughts and questions I have tonight. Skin care