Time Machine

For Heidi

I watch you play adult in high-rise apartments-
Paying bills, folding laundry, loading the dishwasher,
In Louboutin heels and tailored blazers,
Drinking morning coffees in kitchens with marble backdrops.

But your heart still pauses at girlish intricacies-
Dream catchers from the market, wooden musical boxes, Parisian pink accents.
The entire Harry Potter series is alongside bank statements,
And there is a teddy bear in the corner.

We are a sea away from our parents, from home.
I flew to your place from mine, but there is something unfamiliar
About the way the air is void of our childhood;
There are no long-forgotten memories that jump from these surroundings,
Nothing that makes us say,
“Remember that time when…?”

But we do the same things anyway;
Drive to the cinemas for a Disney remake,
Succumb to nostalgia, and spend the night watching originals,
(Even though we both know better than happily ever afters now).

You have work early the next morning, and I have a flight to catch,
So we stay up later than we should,
Listening to each other’s stories like a good novel we just can’t put down,
Words tumbling from our mouths the way we used to roll down grassy hills;
This is a type of effervescence no technology can ever convey.

I tell you about a laughter I save for moments like these,
For when happiness is this pure, this distilled, this sacred.
I want to run to the scientists and announce that somehow we’ve done it – we’ve travelled back in time,
For how else do you explain the way we can sit here as adults
But, in every other way, be so completely and wonderfully,
Children?

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46 thoughts on “Time Machine

  1. inkgirlandwords says:

    I loooooove it! Absolutely lovely. Favorite lines:
    “The entire Harry Potter series is alongside bank statements,”
    and
    “Drive to the cinemas for a Disney remake,
    Succumb to nostalgia, and spend the night watching originals,
    (Even though we both know better than happily ever afters now).”

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  2. pennygadd51 says:

    Oh, that’s wonderful!
    That’s not a skim through and click ‘like’; that’s a read once. Think. Read again. Click ‘like’. Print out a copy. And read again.
    Oh, wow! That’s lovely!
    And I can’t tell you how delighted I am to discover that you do happy so well!
    xx

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    • Heartbeatingwings says:

      Thank you! I wrote this after visiting my sister recently. We’ve both moved out now, and this was our first time being away from home together, leading separate lives. It was such a unique yet lovely experience that I just had to write about it. Glad you liked it!

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  3. LuAnne Holder says:

    Such an engaging description of the special relationship of siblings. My twenty-something daughter came in for a visit last weekend. She moved out about 8 years ago so these visits are special. I love that we can be adult friends now and still share the joys of her childhood. This post made me smile.

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    • Heartbeatingwings says:

      Thank you for sharing your story! I wrote this for my sister after visiting her for the first time since we both moved out – it was truly a unique experience. Your relationship with your daughter sounds truly beautiful, and the description is vaguely familiar of what I experience with my mother when I visit home these days 🙂

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